Are Calorie-Free Oil Sprays Safe for Cooking?
Q: I like to
stir-fry lean proteins with vegetables, usually using something like a
PAM calorie-free olive oil spray. Is this type of product harmful to my
health? I tend to avoid straight olive oil from a bottle because of its
high caloric content.
A: First off, smart choice on using a spray oil
instead of pouring straight from the bottle. This is a great strategy
for trimming calories if you're trying to manage your weight — you'll
save 120 calories per tablespoon of oil you cut from recipes.
The ingredients used in commercial cooking sprays are considered safe by
the FDA (although some people question the safety of the chemical
propellants they use). But there's an even better option: Pick up a
reusable oil mister at a home goods store (they're inexpensive, around
$10) and fill it with your favorite olive, canola, grapeseed or other
heart-healthy oil. So, the mister contains 100 percent pure oil and NO
additives. The reusable misters are more cost-effective and better for
the environment, since you're not constantly throwing away the empty
canisters. Plus, I've found that by using the mister with straight oil
and no additives, you're less likely to be left with a film on your
pans. It's a smart choice for you, the environment, and your wallet!