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Label Lies


By, Fatman to Ironman, Dr. Jeff Banas


Fat Free Cooking???
These nutrition facts were taken right off the Pam website: Nutrition Facts Serving Size about 1/3 second spray (.266g) Servings per container about 526 Calories 0 Fat Cal. 0 Amount/serving % DV* Total Fat 0g 0% Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 0mg 0% Total Carb. 0g 0% Protein 0g 0% * Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. You see that there is not fat at all.

In fact, there is zero of everything. So what are you spraying? The primary ingredient of PAM Cooking spray is canola oil, which is marked with a note 'ADDS A TRIVIAL AMOUNT OF FAT' and the Nutrition Facts proclaim: Total Fat 0g. Why? Because the serving size has been defined to be a 1/3 second spray containing 0.266g of product.
 
Since this is less than half a gram (0.5g) per serving, it can be rounded to zero. The line above the Nutrition Facts, states that 'A 1 SECOND SPRAY COVERS A 10" SKILLET'. A one-second spray would contain approximately 0.8g of fat with 7 calories and would have to be reported on the Nutrition Facts. The manufacturer has chosen to reduce the serving size in order to avoid reporting the fat in the Nutrition Facts and to be able to add the slogan "for Fat Free Cooking" in the front of the can. Technically, this complies with the FDA requirements.

That is right. The Pam fat free cooking spray is actually 100% fat!

Dr. Jeffrey Banas is a Sports Chiropractor, a Certified Strength and Conditioning, a USA Certified Triathlon Coach, and a Ironman Triathlon Finisher, practicing in Gilbert; AZ. Dr. Banas personally lost sixty pounds in 2002 and now uses his experience to help others lose weight. He can be contacted by phone at 480-633-6837, or at his website at www.FatmanToIronman.com.