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Old 01-19-2009, 05:11 PM   #1  
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I have been using the I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Spray A LOT. Tonight I poured some out of the bottle to saute some mushrooms and I spray it liberally on toast and microwave popcorn. The nutritional label says that 5 sprays is 0cal but I wonder how much you would have to use before you would count this as a point. Several tablespoons a day? Has anyone found the information for a larger serving? Up until now I haven't been counting it as anything, even if I use it on toast, for cooking, and on popcorn all in one day.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:19 PM   #2  
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ICBINB is tricky stuff! It's nothing more than liquid margarine and the whole bottle is something like 900 calories. Check out this thread for more info: Can I go butter crazy?!
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butter spray is pure fat. I looked it up at calorieking, 1 tsp is 20 calories and 2 grams of fat and 1 point. 1 tbsp is 60 calories and 6 grams of fat and 2 points.

25 sprays is 1 tsp. so if you use 25 sprays a day, I'd count that as 1 point per day. If you use more, you need to calculate accordingly.
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I found this on the web for you:
12.5 sprays has 10 calories and 1 gram of fat, 25 sprays (1 teaspoon) has 20 calories and 2 grams of fat, and 37.5 sprays has 30 calories and 3 grams of fat.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:32 PM   #5  
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Thanks guys, that's good to know. I will make sure to measure my usage and adds points accordingly.
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Apparently there is a fat-free version of "I can't believe it's not butter". When I looked for more info on the toppoing spray, it says this:

Great for topping and cooking, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spray is the perfect choice for fresh veggies and grilled chicken. Fresh butter taste at your fingertips with zero fat and calories and no Trans Fat per serving.

I think it is the fat free product, which means:

fat free (5 cal/tbsp)
light 50 cal/tbsp)
regular (80 cal/tbsp)
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recidivist... there is no fat free I can't believe its not butter spray. It says 0 calories, 0 trans fat because its true... for 1 serving, it has no calories. Multiple servings is different.

They do have a fatfree spread but not a fatfree spray
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:59 PM   #8  
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I Can't Believe It's Not Butter makes a spread that comes in original, light, and fat free. As far as I can tell from their product page, the spray only comes in one version, the one we're talking about in this thread. Here is their product line up: I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Products.

The reason they can say it's zero fat and calories per serving is that they define a serving as a 1/3 second spray. And there are 904 servings in the bottle using this definition! In reality, it has major calories -- 900 per bottle.
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I have seen a few products of butter powder or salt that also say they are 0 fat and 0 cal. Would these taste ok? Has anyone tried them? Just wondering if it would be better for things like veggies and popcorn. I would still use the spray on toast I guess.
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Butter flavored salt doesn't contain butter. I use some on popcorn, but it IS a lot of salt.

You'd be a lot better off using canola oil or EVOO instead of I can't believe it's not butter spray to cook with. The stuff is margarine, which usually has transfats. If the ingredients include partially hydrogenated anything, then it has transfats - which is absolutely worse than real butter.

Personally, if I want something to have a butter flavor, I use a little butter. I probably eat about 1tsp of real butter every day in or on something and it's totally worth the 1 point in my opinion. You can add butter and canola oil in a pot/pan to make the butter flavor spread around further and the canola oil counts as a healthy oil.

Remember that if something seems to good to be true - it probably is.
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One tablespoon is 60 calories and 7 grams of fat.

I have the squeeze bottle (not spray bottle) and that is what it says.
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Hey, Im not new to WW, I started at 295 8 years ago, lost 130lbs & have kept it off until recently I had spine surgery, now Im 185. So while Im not new, I have a trick, I like to eat the 100 calorie microwave popcorn, but Im curious If there are hidden calories, or health concerns, so feedback would be great. My trick is that i spray the popcorn with butter flavored pam cooking spray. The label says it has no fat, calories, or anything, but it tastes great, with a sprinkle of salt, like the movies. Thoughts?
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