Nutrition and Calorie Tips

Cooking with oil….

Cooking with oil…. 🍳

When you’re trying to lose weight/fat it’s often the little things that can make a big difference. I’ve posted before about how things like condiments and oil can add sneaky extra calories without you realising it, so really it’s a no brainer to consider swapping to a lower calorie option.

People often baulk at the idea of using the oil sprays and usually the reason is that they’re not as ‘healthy’ as olive oil/ coconut oil etc .However it’s important we put it in to perspective.

Olive, coconut or avocado oils are definitely sourced of ‘good’ fats, and we need them in our diet. However the one cal Oil sprays are available in all of those varieties. And whilst they often contain some sunflower oil that doesn’t make them automatically less healthy as it contains more polyunsaturated fats and also some saturated fat. However it actually contains 20-30 percent monounsaturated fats and only 11 percent saturated fats making it an overall heart-healthy option. Sunflower oil is also a good all-purpose oil because it can withstand high cooking temperatures.

These other oils also contain higher levels of saturated fat than sunflower oil. Recent studies have also shown that high levels of monounsaturated fats can be as damaging to heart health (specifically coronary artery atherosclerosis) as saturated fats. Olive oil for example also has a lower smoke point so isn’t as stable for cooking.

So with these sprays you can get the best of both worlds. You’re instantly saving yourself over 200 calories without impacting much on taste. Even if you need to use 20 or 30 sprays you are still making a massive calorie saving.

So if you want to save some calories (and protect your heart health) consider swapping the oil for a spray oil for cooking, and save the other oil for salad dressings etc – as part of a balanced diet! 🤗

Happy cooking! Xx

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