LOOKOUT for Those Zero Calorie Cooking Sprays !!!!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
My first blog. Maybe I should say my first rant. And it's about Pam Butter Flavored Cooking Spray (PBFCS).
In trying to lose (in my case many) pounds, I'm cutting back on animal fats. So when I saw the PBFCS at the supermarket, I was elated. The nutritional facts on the can reads ZERO calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs and protein. I thought I could add a little flavor to some of the veggies with no guilt that I associate with butter. Sometimes you just need that buttery taste. Spice is nice but spices don't taste like butter!
I "treated" myself yesterday with some fresh corn-on-the-cob. Sprayed it up one side and down the other with short bursts, a total of about 3 seconds. I microwave my cobs wrapped in plastic wrap when cooking only for myself. Four minutes it was done. As I waited for my corn to cool, I started to read the back of the can. Yes, it's zero calories, etc., but that's for a spray that lasts A THIRD OF A SECOND. Further along on the side of the can it gives the comparison between butter/margarine, oil and Pam. So my 3 seconds of spray ended up being 21 calories and almost 3 grams of fat. Who in the world can spray for 1/3 of a second?
Now granted, 7 calories sprayed in a frying pan or even added to popcorn isn't a lot. But why don't they just use those facts instead of making it look like it's an absolutely ZERO product? Another trick of the trade. You have to read EVERYTHING from front to back and don't forget the bottom of the package, too! TSK TSK to ConAgra for their packaging trickery.