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Olive Oil Spray


#1

Is olive oil cooking spray essentially the same thing as regular olive oil with respect to nutritional benefits, or is it considered to be inferior?

Thanks for any insight.


#2

read the labels


#3

You know, I usually use regular Pam spray but last time at the store I saw they had an olive oil variety. It has zero calories so I can't imagine that it'd have any benifit over the regular spray but what the hell.


#4

No it doesn't have "zero" calories. Spray cans are nothing but oil & propellant. The only reason it say's "zero" is because the "serving size" is all of 1/3 of a second.

Use common sense, your spraying pure oil. Granted your using less than you would if you poured it out of a bottle.

When I found out they sold Olive Oil spray I threw away all the Canola Oil Spray (Pam) I had, and stocked up. #1 Ingredient Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Can't beat it for convenience.


#5

The above reply hit the nail on the head. The FDA allows these little loopholes that allow food manufacturers to legally lie.

Those cans are 100% pure fat.

By law anything that has less than .5g of fat per serving can be labeled fat free.

1/3 of a second is around .26 g IIRC, and as any 6th grade math wiz can tell you, there's less than 1/2 of anything in a 1/4.