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Cooking with healthy alternatives

Read any recipe and it probably calls for a cooking spray to coat the pan. But the common aerosol method of application can be suspicious especially if your concerned about preservatives and additives like dimethyl silicone, an anti-foaming agent.

We all appreciate the low calories, zero fat benefits of cooking sprays and the the thin layer of oil and lecithin that we apply ensure us that our food doesn't stick to the pan or pot.

I know some of you who still use a pat of butter or tablespoon of oil but keep in mind these add more fat and calories than you might want in your dish.

With all that being said, who knows which product to buy, what to avoid, and what to look for?

I'm going to share all that and more below:

Here's what you want to avoid:

  • Dimethyl silicone is an anti-foaming agent that is an ingredient in some cooking sprays that is also an ingredient in paint and cosmetics.

  • Soy lecithin is a waste product produced by the refining of soybean oil that serves to emulsify cooking oil. It likely contains pesticides and solvents.

  • Propellents called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were once commonly found in spray cans but are now used less often. Excessive exposure to CFC is harmful to your health and the environment so check those labels and looks for CFC-free brands.

Try my tips & suggestions for selecting the healthiest & best Cooking Spray for you and your family:

  1. Ingredients: Look for cooking sprays that contain minimal ingredients and avoid those with artificial additives, preservatives, or unhealthy fats like trans fats. Opt for sprays made with natural ingredients such as oils like olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.

  2. Type of Oil: Choose cooking sprays made from oils that are high in unsaturated fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are considered heart-healthy. Olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, and grapeseed oil are good options.

  3. Fat Content: Ensure that the cooking spray you choose has a low-fat content per serving. While healthy fats are important, excessive fat intake can contribute to weight gain and other health issues.

  4. Smoke Point: Select a cooking spray with a high smoke point, which is the temperature at which the oil starts to break down and smoke. Oils with higher smoke points are suitable for high-heat cooking methods like frying and searing without producing harmful compounds.

  5. Nonstick Properties: Look for cooking sprays specifically labeled as nonstick to minimize the amount of oil needed for cooking, which can help reduce calorie intake.

  6. Organic and Non-GMO: If possible, choose cooking sprays made from organic and non-GMO ingredients to avoid exposure to pesticides and genetically modified organisms.

  7. Allergens: Check the label for potential allergens if you or someone in your household has food allergies or sensitivities. Some cooking sprays may contain allergens like soy or wheat derivatives.

  8. Packaging: Consider the packaging of the cooking spray. Aerosol cans may contain propellants or other chemicals, so opt for products that use air-pressure technology or other eco-friendly dispensing methods.

  9. Taste and Flavor: Choose a cooking spray that complements the flavors of your dishes. Some sprays may have added flavors or aromatics that enhance the taste of your food.

  10. Reputation and Reviews: Research the brand and read reviews from other consumers to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the cooking spray.

I am a big fan of these 3 options below, now the price point may be more expensive than your common PAM or generic cooking sprays, the health benefits & the quality ingredients are worth the splurge.

Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil Spray

  • With a smoke point of up to 500°F, it can be used for various culinary applications like baking, high-heat cooking, sautéing, and frying.

  • Avocados are known for their high levels of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, which can help improve heart health and lower cholesterol levels.

  • This spray is 100% pure and naturally refined, with no dilution or added chemicals.

  • Free from propellants, gluten, soy, and canola oil, making it a healthy option for those on a Paleo or Keto diet.

  • Its neutral flavor makes it a versatile ingredient in any

BetterBody Foods Avocado Oil Spray

  • High smoke point of 500°F, making it perfect for frying, baking, and sautéing.

  • No additives, it delivers a clean flavor and is non-GMO and gluten-free, making it perfect for those following keto and paleo diets. 

  • BetterBody Foods is committed to natural, simple ingredients and offers a range of avocado oil-based products, including pure avocado oil, spreads, dressings, and more, so you can taste the difference in your cooking.

La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray

  • La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray is a pure, artisan oil in spray form.

  • Chemical-free and alcohol-free

  • This 100% Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold pressed for

  • Has a well-balanced, intense, and fruity flavor with hints of freshly cut grass, almond, and a bright peppery finish.

  • The oil is versatile and perfect for salads, grilled meat, pasta, or a cheese plate.

  •  La Tourangelle is dedicated to making carefully crafted, sustainable, and natural products.

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