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I can't believe its not butter spray - 0 Cals?

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I've been wanting to ask this question for awhile now but am afraid of the answer. You know the I cant believe its not butter spray and there are a few others out there too. Well i love this stuff. I use it on my hashbrown etc.

It says it has zero calories. How can that be? Does anyone else use it. If I have to stop im up the creek without a paddle bc i use it a few times a week.

What do you think?

Edited Mar 09 2008 02:04 by nycgirl
Reason: Moved from WL to Foods forum
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Well, it's not a big deal really, but for about every 25 sprays it contains 20 calories. Nothing to sweat about if you only use it a few times a week, certainly.

Embarassed Uh oh lol so i guess i should stop taking the cap off and coating the pan with it before i put the hashbrowns in then huh? I just thought 0 cal x 0 cals is 0

Oh thats not good ... oops glad i asked

yeah, that "zero calories per serving" is a good marketing trick.  they're allowed to make that claim (zero calories) if it's less than one calorie, so they make they serving size small enough to plaster that on the label. 
Actually, the rule is that if it contains less than 5 calories per serving, then they can put zero on the label.  There is also a tendency to round down to the nearest multiple of 5, ie. a food that has 9 grams of fat should list fat calories as 81, but most will put 80.  But I look at it this way.  If 5 calories is going to break my plan, then I'm doing something wrong and need to fix that instead of worrying about 5 measly calories.  I always include some wiggle room in my daily calorie intake to make up for me underestimating the number of calories I am consuming and misrepresentations on nutrition labels.  (Basically, I have a calorie goal, but usually shoot for about 50 to 75 calories less that it).
I LOVE that stuff...I use it on baked potatoes and veggies and air pop Dh and son prefer that to melted butter now!  sure it adds some calories, but I leave wiggle room too and it sure helps live a more yummy life!
yea it's insignificant for one or 2 sprays, but if your coating it on then it can add up.  i do the same thing but i try to leave wiggle room for stuff like this anyway.  and it's probably still better than using real butter.
 Well i'm glad I asked. I never knew that...they shouldn't be able to say 0 calories. But maybe i'll just spray the bottom of the pan with pam and then spray a few squirts on the rest. Your right still better than regular butter. Thanks!
If you're using enough of it to make a difference, consider switching to something like olive oil that has better fats.  You can find it in a spray can now, too.  If you're going to coat the bottom of the pan, use a papertowel and just soak it with some of the oil and rub that all over the pan.  For butter, use the butter wrapper, usually the residual butter on the wrapper is enough to coat a pan and the amount is so small you're fine.

In Jillian Michael's book 'Winning By Losing' she explains that one of her clients used that spray butter all the time, which nearly made her fall off her chair. She explained to her client that no one only uses just 'one' spray from those and that the entire bottle contains around 900+ calories (unfortunately I can't find the passage right now). Here is a snippet I found online:

The "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray has ZERO calories if you use just a few spritzes.  However, if you do what most of us do and spray to your heart's content, you can rack up  calories and fat grams pretty quickly.  Here's the scoop: 12.5 sprays is 10 calories and 1 gram of fat, 25 sprays (1 teaspoon) is 20 calories and 2 grams of fat, and 37.5 sprays is 30 calories and 3 grams of fat.  In case you're curious,  the entire bottle contains 900 calories and 90 grams of fat Helpful hint: When it comes to this stuff, stick with spraying as opposed to pouring.

It also contains a large amount of soy oil which is loaded with female hormones and is very bad for both men and women.

I used to use this stuff all the time and, at the same time, would always wonder why my pounds weren't coming off (or why it was taking so long). I also remained uncomfortably bloated while using it. Suffice to say, I now use real butter only. Real butter is very good for your nervous system (expecially your brain and intestines). It's full of good fats and used in moderation, it's healthy.

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