Updated: Oct 18, 2022
Not all cooking sprays are created equal
By pure observation, most of my fellow Americans consume SO much empty calorie junk yet have convinced themselves they are eating healthy. Even a Consumer Reports’ survey says that 9 out of 10 Americans claim they eat healthy, yet are inflicted with a plethora of hypokinetic diseases including oodles of excess body fat. But it’s not all your fault! Food labels are actually “allowed” to mislead you with words like “healthy,” “natural,” and “organic.” Use your own intuition on this one..."organic candy"...in your great big heart of hearts do you truly believe that "organic" makes the "candy" healthier? Sometimes it’s a matter of simply reading the ingredients list on the food label; and I’m pretty good at translating them into English for ya as an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrtion Specialist.
The Queen of More JOY and Less OY has your back! I love to share healthy and easy recipes, simple swaps, and easy tweaks to get you off your trunk (aka your fine, young assets) as well as help you cut down on the consumption of empty calorie junk. Here’s a little junk-cutting wisdom, “not all cooking sprays are created equal.” Let moi’ elaborate:
You know that infamous can of cooking oil spray that saves hundreds of calories? Well you will be traumatized, I mean dramatized, too when you read the ingredients. I understand that the chemicals used to propel the oil from the can and keep it from foaming are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA, but, wait what??…silicone? I guess I really didn’t think much of it till my awesome licensed massage therapist, Tracy Sipe, informed me that she knows of people who spray this stuff directly on their food…Eww!
I’m all for saving hundreds of calories too. And at 120 calories per tablespoon for ANY oil (yes, even extra virgin olive) pouring directly from the bottle into the pan or onto the veggies is not always a terrific option if you’re working on (I always like to replace "trying" with "working on" because the latter is a lot more of a commitment, isn't it?) cutting the extra calories. Well guess what?…You have options! Option #1 is to make sure the only ingredient in that store bought can is the oil! Trader Joe's EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) spray has no other ingredient listed besides extra virgin olive oil, costs less than $3 and there are 0 calories…Woo Hoo-gotta love that!!
Option #2 is to purchase your own self-pumping spray bottle like the gorgeous one I’m sporting below, recommended by the amazing LMT Tracy Sipe. The Misto oil spray bottle costs less than $10 ($8 at Bed, Bath & Beyond with your 20% off coupon). Fill it halfway with your oil 100% pure olive oil (or other healthy oil of choice that is safe to cook with) give the top a few pumps and presto… get cooking. Added bonus: you can use it over and over and don’t have to clog up the planet with lotza empty cans. Though I must admit that the disposable type is a bit more user friendly :).
Let me reiterate that the propellants and anti-foaming chemicals in these cans are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. However, most registered dieticians, licensed nutritionists, and ACE-certified fitness nutritionist specialists like moi’ will tell you to choose foods as close to G-d’s form as possible; what I like to call “single ingredient foods”. And THIS always holds true…the less ingredients listed, the better, and make sure that you recognize them! For example, I buy Quaker or store brand “old fashioned oats”. The only ingredient on the label is “whole grain rolled oats”. You should not need an interpreter to read your food label, but if you do, contact me HERE and I can help translate into English.
Bethanne Weiss B.S., is a Central Florida based posture and balance expert, motivational speaker, author, FUNIQ® Fitness Founder and Coach, ACE-Certified fitness and nutrition professional, and ACE-Certified behavior-change specialist with 35 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. Bethanne teaches Tiny Tweaks to your eats, your body, your brain, & your life that will have YOU moving, feeling, and looking amazing in less than 30 minutes…really! Schedule your FREE 15-minute consultation HERE