One of those people with a good sense of the absurd? Here is something absurd that’s probably right in your kitchen. Get out your favorite brand of cooking spray (found in almost all American homes) and check the serving size. Chances are, it will be somewhere between 0.25 and 0.33 seconds. That’s between 1/4 and 1/3 of a second. The servings per container will be between 350 and 600.
This is a perfect example of why we have such a problem with achieving health in this country. No, not cooking spray. Misleading information presented as fact. Maybe somewhere, in some test kitchen, a trained professional can spray for only .25 seconds but everyone I know really wants to coat that pan with ‘non-fat’ cooking spray. Problem is, used the way most people really do, it is not non-fat. In fact, it is oil. Pure fat.
For comparison, a can of cooking spray is about 6 ounces. A stick and a half of butter is 6 ounces. Imagine cutting that stick and a half of butter into 557 pieces. Now, spread one on your toast. Congratulations, you have just had ‘fat-free’ butter.
We have been led to believe that non-fat cooking spray is much healthier than oil. So which is better? Well, one comes in a spray can with propellants. At least with the pure oil most people would try to be judicious.
In fact, if you are using non stick pans, then the cooking spray is redundant. If you are trying to cook with no fat, it would be preferable to cook just with broth or water. Yes, you really can sauté in just plain water. I prefer broth or wine for flavor but water works just fine. Plus, it’s free –no spray can needed.
Dr. Michalene Elliott is a chiropractor in Rochester who writes for RochesterChiro’s blog and has tried to spray for less than half a second but, sadly, cannot.