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FANNYMANSON SparkPoints: (20,213)
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8/12/14 4:26 P

Crisco makes a nice 100% Canola spray in an aerosol can. It is a nice dispenser and lets you use very little oil to cook with.

BHENDRICK2 Posts: 1,212
8/6/14 4:07 P

olive oil is heart healthy compared to others i have heard

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7/22/14 5:54 P

Most oils contain a lot of calories, and some are not unhealthy. Add the oil calories in you plan as with other foods.

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6/18/14 10:33 A

re: calories: In maintenance, I'm a lot less worried about a bit of fat used in cooking, in part because it helps with satiety. (The theory being that you'll eat less if what you do eat is satisfying. Most of the time this works for me -- though it doesn't change the desire to eat for other reasons, like stress.) So I cook my eggs in butter, because I enjoy how they taste, and it helps me be satisfied with that until lunch. (I put real cream in my coffee for the same reason.) We also use olive oil, and sometimes lard (yes, lard!) from our local organic farmer, depending on what we're making. I of course watch my overall calories, but it isn't the only consideration in my current eating plan.

But I did worry about fat and calories a lot during the loss phase - because I was watching every calorie at that point, and fats are very calorie dense. I used a Misto often, or a non-stick pan. Pam definitely works too.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,320
6/7/14 7:28 A

Don't worry so much about calories...Olive oil makes you feel full and tends to make you eat less and have fewer sugar cravings.

Olive oil is a dense food and thru research it has been found that Olive oil and other nut oils do not make you gain weight. Olive oil is a digestive aid and is high in polyphenols Olive oil does not penetrate foods but rather coats them..... September of 2003 the British Journal of Nutrition reported, it was found that a significant loss of body weight and fat mass can be achieved by changing only one eating habit and that is exchanging the saturated fats with olive oil.

Studies now indicate that extra virgin olive oil may help to lower blood pressure, and shown to reduce the incidence of colon., breast and skin cancers. Extra virgin olive oil is high in polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants & monounsaturated fats which contributes to lowering bad cholesterol. Olive oil also has Oleic acid which aids in keeping our arteries supple and helps prevent cancer.

Thank Olive keeps skin beautiful and good for your hair, arteries more elastic, helps the heart, lubricates the joints, helps cholesterol as it has many antioxidants and nutrients .

So enjoy..... your doing your body a favor!

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6/6/14 10:31 A

A "little oil" might vary person to person. I'd pick up a set of measuring spoons, even in the Dollar Store, and take some guess work out. If you are only frying one piece, you could use a small nonstick skillet and use less oil. I'm not sure what chicken cutlets are. If it is just un-breaded pieces of boneless breast, do they come frozen or in a package? You could look at the total weight of the bag, box or package and divide by the number of fairly equal size pieces you have to get a close guess about the weight for each cutlet. A scale would be nice also, to be more exact.

6/6/14 9:50 A

I lightly fried a skinless chicken breast in a little bit of canola oil for dinner last night; looked it up with on the food tracker to add it to my calorie intake -- but I'm really wondering if the calorie amount listed was accurately reflecting that many calories for just the oil! I wanted to be safe rather than sorry, so I chose the "chicken cutlet with breadcrumbs and SmartBalance canola oil," thinking that the breadcrumbs (which I didn't actually have) might counter any discrepancies in my favor. If any of that makes any sense. Maybe I should have done the chicken and oil separately.

Also, I have no idea how many ounces my chicken cutlets are. It's all just wild guesswork :-/

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6/3/14 9:21 P

I pour up a small quantity of olive oil from my larger bottle into a small recycled jar (about baby food sized). I can easily dip in a 1 tsp measure, or even 1/2 tsp. or 1/8 tsp and get a small quantity of oil for cooking. I did have a pastry brush that I could dip in and just lightly brush the skillet with oil, but one day I accidentally melted it. It worked quite well (although it doesn't give a precise measure), but it certainly wasn't even 1/2 tsp. I'll look for a replacement some time. Sometimes I'll pour a little oil onto a paper towel and just wipe the skillet. I don't think I've ever used a whole T of oil to cook eggs, but it may depend on the skillet.

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6/2/14 9:55 P

You can also just use less oil. I've found that 1 tsp is more than enough to fry one or two eggs in a nonstick skillet.

Edited by: LISA61497 at: 6/2/2014 (21:56)
10/29/13 11:51 A

I think that is the average as there is 120 calories in a tbsp of extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil and also in grapeseed oil.

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,665
10/29/13 10:13 A

I second the Misto! I love it- I just use evoo in mine (I don't think it really flavors baked goods if I use it to spray the pan). They aren't terribly expensive and you can control what you put into it! Much less scary than all the other stuff in commercial sprays :)

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10/28/13 5:48 P

JJ625JONES: You might consider using a Misto oil sprayer. You won't be adding propellants to the atmosphere, either, as most spray oil cans emit. I have been using my Mistoes for years. I use less oil and cut the calories considerably. I have one filled with extra virgin olive oil and one with canola oil. I use to have a 3rd one filled with sunflower seed oil, but ran out of that.

Some people complain that their Mistoes get clogged up and can't be cleaned, but that is just because they don't clean them correctly. The key is to use really hot water and let it set for a bit and then pump pump pump until the water passes through easily. I resurrected two Mistoes, one from a friend and one from a sister, by just cleaning them out correctly.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
10/28/13 1:24 P

That's interesting, I didn't know that!

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
10/28/13 1:22 P

Also 120 calories a 1 tbs of Olive oil. Both Canola and Olive oil provide a small amount of Omega3's .It is common that less expensive brands of Olive Oil , that other oils such as vegetable, corn, soybean,etc can be added. As long as it contains a slightly larger amount of Olive oil than the others, it can be marketed as Olive oil. Most cooking oils though, are blended having the larger amount of oil listed on the label.

JJ625JONES Posts: 130
10/28/13 12:51 P

I'm shocked! I just tracked my breakfast(scrambled eggs) and looked at the calories for 1 tbsp canola oil- it's more than the calories in 1 egg!
Might be switching to Pam.

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