I am currently attempting to lose my baby weight plus all the extra I was already carrying before getting pregnant and am always on the lookout for food and cooking products to help with this battle. When I joined slimming world my consultant recommended I try Fry Light cooking oil spray.
Fry light comes in a variety of flavours - extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, and butter flavour. It also comes in as plain oil with no flavour. I have tried them all and to be honest cant really taste any difference between them.
Fry light can be bought in all supermarkets for between £2.20 and £2.50 for a 190ml can and is found among the normal cooking oils.
Fry light extra virgin olive oil is in a light green can with a dark free lid. The lid states it is the only 1 calorie spray and the can states it can be used for roasting, frying and baking.
The bottle says one can will cook over 190 meals. I have been buying this for a couple of years now and although I have never counted the amount of times I use one bottle, it does last me 5-6 months using it regularly so is definitely value for money.
The can displays the usual nutritional values as follows. Each value is for 1 spray of oil.
Energy - 1 calorie
Total fats - 0 1 grams
Saturated fats, carbohydrates, protein and salt are all just a trace in one spray.
Ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil, water, alcohol, sunflower lecithin, natural flavouring, and xanthan gum. The can also states the oil is gluten free.
The directions for use are on the can. Basically shake the can before use then spray onto unheated surface then bring to desired temperature before cooking. It tells you to use a lower temperature than normal when cooking, and I would advise you do this as I have found that when I don't the pan becomes very smoky.
I have used this for all sorts of cooking. A fry up done with this tastes just as good as with ordinary cooking oil. I also use it when baking to ensure cakes don't stick to the tin and cooking pasta to stop it sticking together. I use it to roast meat and vegetables and have even made lowvfat oven chips with it so it does have many uses.
After using this I dont think I would ever go back to using cooking oil and definitely recommend this for losing weight and eating healthily.
Recently, my partner came home with a can of 'Fry Light' claiming it was a new healthy product she had found and that we should give it a try. My reaction was one of distain. Unfortunately, this is another so called 'healthy' product dreamed up by large marketing companies trying desperately to enforce the message that fat is bad for us and that eating a low fat diet will make us all lose weight. They couldn't be more wrong, and in producing this product, they have taken a naturally healthful product like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and replaced it with something filled with alien ingredients, claiming to be healthier because it is 'low fat.'
In comparison to a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which has just one ingredient, the ingredient list on 'Fry Light' is as follows:
'Extra Virgin Olive Oil (53%), Water, Alcohol, Lecithin, Sucrose Ester, Tocopherol-Rich Extract, Xanthan Gum'
Now, removing the 'low fat' part from the equation, do any of these ingredients (apart from the olive oil and water) sound remotely healthy? The answer is no, and when the alternative (extra virgin olive oil) is so simple, why would you chose to use a chemically laden product such as this one? Furthermore, by reducing the actual content of olive oil in this spray, they are reducing the health benefits one will gain by consuming olive oil - it being full of heart healthy fats, vitamin E and antioxidants, to name a few.
In terms of the flavour, it tastes (and smells) like chemicals. Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a pleasant aroma and a delicious taste which compliments grilled meats and roasted veggies perfectly. It tastes natural and the flavour varies depending on which brand you buy. This 'fry light' tastes horribly artificial, and does nothing to enhance the taste of your meals. We've used it for frying meats and dressing vegetables before roasting - but we won't be doing so again in a hurry.
It has one saving grace in that it is cheap (£2.20 for a bottle which looks like it will last a long time). But so are processed, ready meals - and I still wouldn't eat them. If you're on a real tight budget, this might be an option for you. But if you're willing to commit a decent amount of money to eating well, I strongly suggest staying away from this product.
At the moment I am revamping my diet big time. I have gained a little bit of weight lately and done not a lot of exercise and although I dont think I'm fat as such I do need to watch it as I suffer with a thyroid issue and thats one of the reasons I'm a bit heavier than usual.
One of things I used alot when I did the weightwatchers diet way back was this Fry Light oil spray and so the other day whilst in my local Asda store I picked one up. Offering 1 calorie for one spray of it on the lid it reminded me about itself and so I bought it costing £2.28.
This comes in a white and green plastic bottle with a dark green lid/cap to the top of concealing a pump action sprayer. On the front of it we are shown pictures of olives and told that it is indeed Fry Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray 'For low fat cooking, only 1 cal per spray, non stick + economical' and on the bottom of the bottle we are told that it is suitable for shallow frying, roasting and baking with. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, there is a full nutritional chart shown and the ingredients used are also given, the size is stated which in this case is a large 250ml bottle and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. This is a nice enough bottle, and easy to use and highly informative too.
To use this all you have to do is add as many sprays as you want to say do some frying. Although this is only 1 calorie per spray for a my large frying pan I need about 10 sprays and it sprays out fast and white and when heated it goes clear and I do find that I need to keep my heat down a bit or this really badly burns.
You can use this to coat things with too such as baking trays and the likes and use it for roasties and so on I spray the baking tray and a few quirts over my potatoes say if I'm doing my lovely roast potatoes.
To me this carries no flavour at all, it isn't really greasy and as I don't use very much considering and it is a light oil things don't taste greasy however this may be lower in calories, fat and grease but this does work out quite expensive to use regulary as you need to use so much of it and it did take me a bit of time to realise I needed to turn my heat down when using this or it burnt stuff badly.
It cooks my food well enough though and I'm happy enough to consume less oil calories anyway!
Nutritonal Information Per 4 Sprays:
Total fats: 0.4g
of which saturates: Trace
I paid £2.28 for this in in Asda and it is avaiable in all good supermarkets and so on.
Wrapped up in a neat plastic container is supposedly the answer to all of our fatty problems. In this instance Fry light claims that they have managed to capture the very taste of extra virgin olive oil and package it so 1 spray means just 1 calorie. Now I'm a curious guy and like to test these products to see if there really is a market for them as an alternative. Having been a chef for 8 years I wanted to know how it faired under industrial style cooking stresses.
Package wise it's fairly standard really, easy to grip and a spray nozzle on top makes it no harder to use that any other household product the requires a single finger movement. I was disappointed with how glossy the bottle was though as once your hands were greasy it made it quite difficult to operate one handed. The lid fits securely though and there is very little mess left around the nozzle after use.
It's when using it though that the differences really become apparent. the spray comes out white and only turns a more normal colour when heated, even then it doesn't sizzle so much as bubble. It doesn't smell like olive oil either. It's obvious from the very first use that whatever is inside it is not pure oil which led me to check the ingredient list, and there was quite a shock for me there. They is only 56% olive oil in the bottle! 44% of my olive oil is made up of emulsifiers, letchin, sucrose ester and xanthan gum. (that's the black stuff you find on your broccoli when it goes mouldy). Even more concerning was the feature of alcohol on the list. I made the decision to give up alcohol altogether 2 years ago and was not happy that I may have consumed some unwittingly. I certainly did not expect to find it there.
It tasted disgusting, failed to brown food properly and reminded me more of a sticky residue than olive oil. The only thing I saw it stay true on is that it stops food from sticking. I can't encourage you to avoid this product enough. Olive oil is a wonderful accompaniment to many foods, it enhances flavours and the best olive oils could be consumed on their own. To write olive oil on fry light is misleading and I feel they should be made to remove it. You can expect to pay around £2 for 250ml and i personally think that money would be better spent on a real olive oil to be used frugally.
I like to eat healthily and watch my calorie intake so when I spotted this in the supermarket it seemed an obvious choice for me.
Frylight is an olive oil spray that can be used instead of ordinary oil. At only 1 calorie per spray it really cuts down on calories and fat since you use far less than if you poured oil from a bottle.
It comes in a 250ml bottle and costs around £1.50-£2 depending on where you shop. Compared to a similar size bottle of olive oil, that's good value, and even more so when you consider that this small bottle can replace around 7 litres of regular oil.
I've tried this out it various different situations when ordinarily I'd use olive oil. When frying I find that a 5-10 sprays gives enough coating for frying, although I recommend making sure you keep moving the food around since it can stick a bit more than if you used a larger quantity of oil. The spray oil doesn't look very appetising in the pan- it's a milky colour since it's an emulsion of olive oil and soya lecithin- but don't worry, it does the job and tastes good.
It's also handy for spraying baking trays with to make them non-stick. I always use it when I've got anything savory on a tray and I've never had problems with sticking, unlike when I don't use this.
To really test how good a substitute this is, I tried spraying it on pasta instead of using olive oil (I added veggies as well that I'd cooked in the spray). It's surprisingly tasty and I could tell that it's an olive oil spray rather than any other kind of oil. It's obviously not going to be as good as a really high quality oil, but for everyday use to add a bit of flavour and stop my pasta sticking it's good. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this and have been using it since.
1 calorie a spray? Can something so good come without a catch? Ive not found any. In fact, Ive nothing but praise for this product.
At home, I cook quite often and try to be health conscious when choosing ingredients and cooking methods. Ive always had a softspot for olive based products (if you ever go there on holiday, look at the ages on the headstones in an Italian cemetry - these people who live on an olive plenty diet tend to live long lives, honestly!) as olive oil is one of the healthiest oils around.
However, due to the greasy nature (the clue is in the title - olive OIL!), sometimes I dont always want my food covered in it. This is where the spray is invaluable - you control how much goes on and can count the exact calories of your application too if you're that way inclined. Ive found that if cooking a pan of chicken or bacon pieces, 8 to 10 squirts does the job without drenching the food in oil, but giving enough of a coating so that they dont stick to the pan when cooking. This makes for a very economical oil as exact amounts are used only. Very highly recommended as an addition to your kitchen cupboard.
I have been trying to lose weight for a while, and when I recently discovered how many calories were in the cooking oil that I fry things in and that I pour over my potatoes before roasting them, I was appalled. So I decided to look for a way to cut down on the fat when I was cooking in this way, and I came across Frylight sprays.
These sprays are available in lots of different flavours. The first one I tried was the butter spray, which was horrible, as the butter taste was far too intense. It got only 2 stars on my dooyoo review! I decided not to give up though and next I tried this Extra Virgin Olive Oil spray.
The spray comes in a can with a dark green top which proudly proclaims it is the only one calorie spray. One calorie a spray is excellent when you compare it to all the fat and calories that can be found in normal cooking oils: hundreds of calories can be hidden in just one tablespoon! This spray also has only 0.1 grams of fat per spray and a trace of saturates.
You can use this oil for frying, for which you will need a few sprays per frying pan, for salads or for anything really. I first tried it with roast potatoes and was really impressed. I couldn't tell any difference in taste from using my regular supermarket cooking oil or from using Crisp n Dry which I have also bought in the past. The roast potatoes crisped up nicely and I really enjoyed them.
This spray oil costs £1.45 from supermarkets such as Asda, which is where I bought mine. I can't fault it because it does the job of normal oil with almost no calories or fat, it's easy to use and not outrageously expensive. Five stars!
When I first started on weight wacthers, I switched from traditional oils to spray oils, tempted by the fact that only a tiny amount would be squirted out with each pump, making my frying much healthier .One of the biggest brands in this area is Fry Light , who offer a sunflower and an olive oil variety. I opted for olive oil, as I figured I could also use it on salads .
The oil comes in a canister that has a spray nozzle which allows only a small amount of oil at the time. The majority of the canister is decorated in various shades of green, with a small image of an olive on the front , and a green lid proclaiming it the only 1 calorie spray (1 calorie per spray)
It can be picked up with all the other oils in the supermarket, and costs around £1.50 a bottle, which I find quite pricey as I can get a much larger bottle of oil for less . A light spray onto a non stick pan does work really well - I've used this oil for cooking bacon, burgers, scrambled eggs, even for browning the mince for bolognese .
I have found I struggle with this with fried eggs though - probably because I am fussy with a fried egg, I like a soft yolk, but I like the top membrane surrounding the yolk to be completely cooked through, not al slimy and snotty . This is usually achieved by me spooning hot oil over the top of the egg a few times, something I can't do with fry-light. I find that to get the top of the yolk non snotty means cooking the yolk for longer, so it's not as runny as I would like .
Overall though, I think this is incredibly useful, when used with a good non stick pan, and it does last quite a while - just as long as one of the larger cheaper bottles of oil, simply because less is being used each time . I would recommend this not just for dieters, but for everyone, we could all do with a little less fat!
I picked this up in my local Tescos last month as it was on special offer and I thought I'd give it a try.
The packaging states it contains just 1 calorie per spray and no cholesterol, which is fantastic. I found I needed around 8 sprays to coat a 12 inch frying pan to stop the food sticking, whereas I would previously have used a whole tablespoon of sunflower oil. This has made a considerable saving of calories and fat per meal, which is super.
The only food I have had problems cooking with this spray oil is mushrooms. They seem to soak up all of the spray and then stick to the pan, regardless of how much I use.
I think this is a fantastic product and is brilliant for anyone looking to lose a few pounds through eating healthy, home-cooked food. It is very easy to use (just make sure you have your glasses on to check which way you are pointing the nozzle before you squirt it!) and I have found it to be very effective for a wide variety of foods.
I've been using the spray oil every day for the past month and the bottle still feels very full, so it is great value for money as it is really long lasting.
This product is definitely worth trying if you are looking to make your home cooked meals that little bit healthier without compromising on taste.
Since I became a bit more concerned about what I eat and how it has been prepared, I had avoided anything even remotely fried. Fried food has always been a bit of a sin where it has come to healthy eating, a definite no no, but this product allows guilt free frying with very few calories.
Widely advertised as being "Only 1 Calorie per Spray", Fry Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray is a low fat, zero cholesterol means of cooking, which provides an alternative to vegetable oil or fat. It comes in a 250ml sized spray can, allowing you to evenly cover the base of a frying pan with the olive oil which, in my own experience, takes about 5 or 6 spray applications. It also provides a non-stick layer, ensuring even cooking of your food produce without any burning.
The Fry Light Olive oil spray costs on average around about the £1.50 mark and in Tesco for example is £1.47, this compared to a bottle of sunflower oil is around about the same price, for example Flora sunflower oil is £1.24 and Tesco Olive oil is £1.99. This, however, is a much healthier alternative.
There are also a number of variants of the Fry Light spray to try other than the Extra virgin olive oil version, namely the Fry light sunflower oil spray which can be bought for £1.89 from Tesco and the Fry light 'Better than butter' oil spray which can be bought for £1.49.
Overall, this is product that I am very fond of and will continue to use for all my frying needs. If you haven't used this product yet, its definitely worth a try. I would recommend this product to anyone and everyone. For my Dooyoo rating I give this product 5 stars out of 5.
There are no such thing as frying oils in our house anymore since my mum started dieting again last year so we use 'Fry Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray' instead now as it's a lot healthier..
Sold in a 250ml plastic can which is bright green and white with big olives on the front and a green pop on lid with 'the only 1 cal spray' on it, this costs just under two pounds from supermarkets, etc.
Described as: 'Extra virgin olive oil & soya lecithin emulsion non-stick cooking spray, for shallow frying, roasting and baking', this stuff is great for a whole list of uses.
I use it for frying eggs, lining a baking tray with oil, spraying on jacket potatoes before they go in the oven, cooking bacon and so on. It also helps to stop pasta sticking if you spray some in the boiling water before adding the dry pasta.
There is no cholesterol in this product and it is advertised as being economical which it is because there is no waste and it last for ages on the best before date. The date on mine is next June which is really good, and it is so easy to use one spray from the little pump action nozzle and you only use one calorie which is awesome!
The write up says it is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians and has 58% of olive oil and there's a tiny bit of alcohol in it which evaporated on heating...
This is really healthy as it is said to replace up to 30 calories compared to normal oil in cooking and roasting.
You have to shake well and use about 4 sprays in a frying pan for example and then heat up to temperature before adding your food, do not keep it in the fridge though.
The taste isn't too strong and there is an sunflower oil one if you prefer that flavour to this one.
This really is cool stuff and worth five stars as it really cuts down on the calories, and there are no artificial preservatives or propellant gases in the canister either!
I love nothing more than fried and unhealthy food but I know that this isn't something I should be eating on a regular basis if I want to maintain a healthy body and healthy organs as I get older so when I spotted this in the oil aisle at my local Tesco store I decided to give this a try and at £1.86 for 250ml it wasn't unreasonable.
This spray oil is provided in a tall bottle with a protective cap. There is a press down button and to use simply press down a couple of times in to your pan or pot. I find that around 3 or 4 presses is enough for cooking bacon and sausages as they produce lots of fat of their own normally anyway.
It is stated on the bottle that one 250ml bottle can replace 7 litres of standard cooking oil and I can see this would be the case. I have been using mine for around two months now with a couple of squirts being used most days and it's still going strong.
Shake the can before use and then spray the surface you want the oil on. This will spray out a white mist and it has quite a good coverage in the spray. The oil heats up just as fast as standard oil and works just as well, if not better.
I cooked bacon in this oil earlier today and it cooked very well, it did not taste as greasy and oily as normal fried bacon does and this oil gave everything a nice taste to it that was far more pleasant. Also, the bacon did not stick to the frying pan, even on the highest heat, and I still continue to be pleased by this oil.
Whilst 250ml may seem a little expensive when compared against 250ml of cooking oil this will save you a huge amount of money in oil and lots of calories and artery clogging fat.
The oil is quick and easy to use and pretty much mess free. My pans are always very easy to wash up afterwards and I would definitely recommend this oil. It can bring a slightly strange taste to some dishes but I find that the best thing to cook in this oil is chicken as it tastes on a lovely chargrilled kind of texture and tastes just as nice as a grilled chicken kebab at half the price! It does taste like olive oil does and goes perfectly over vegetables.
I am going to rate this 4/5 as it's just 1 calorie per spray (apparently), it is easy to use, doesn't taint food with a horrible smell and helps stop things sticking in my pans making washing up harder.
I'm not keen on adding oil to anything, and since I tend to stir fry a lot of my food, I generally cook it in some kind of sauce rather than using oil.
However, there are times when that isn't possible, and so I bought a can of frylight. As with a lot of kitchen/cooking related things, I had never even heard of it before uni when my housemate bought some.
I was instantly intrigued - large sticky bottles of greasy oil had always put me off frying before, and even though using butter is a nice tasting way to do it, it's still not the healthiest.
I did like the simplicity of it, the minimal amount of oil used and the way it looked clean - you barely even have to see it because it's not a transparent bottle.
Just give the can a quick shake, spray once or twice (depending on the size of your pan), and then fry to your heart's content. I found that food cooked with this didn't taste as nice as fried with butter, but then it did the job and didn't make the food greasy or as unhealthy.
I've tried the sunflower one as well as thisa extra virgin olive oil, and I have to say that does slightly have an edge over this. As I live in a shared house and am the only one that cooks with this (and then not often), I found it separates quite easily over time even after a good shake. This affects the spray as well as how it comes out in the pan - but then maybe I should get through it quicker? So that's why I've minused a star, because a family would probably not face this problem if they used it regularly.
This also has the advantage that you get a lot of use out of it, yet it is a relatively small can that will tuck away easily into a kitchen cupboard or looks ok left by the cooker.
Overall, I would recommend this product as you can cook your food with only a tiny amount of oil that is evenly spread across the pan, and can't be tasted in the food itself.
I've been using the Sunflower oil version of this for years but wanted to try the olive oil as the taste of 'normal' olive oil is so much nicer. I wasn't disappointed with the fry light version.
The beauty of Frylight is that you only use one or two sprays and can cook fried or grilled food just as well as with oil out of a bottle. I think that this is so much better than the bottled oil as you don't end up with greasy food on top of too many calories in your cooking.
I tend to heat up the saucepan and then spray the frylight onto the hot pan. I have used it with quorn, chicken, stir frys, veggies and even steak without noticing the difference to normal oil. The olive oil flavour of this product does come through - I think you may notice it more though if you've switched from the sunflower oil Frylight rather than coming from bottled oils.
I also make chips with this in the oven - cut up the potatoes into wedges,par boil for 10 minutes, put on a baking tray, spray with Frylight and cook at 200c for 20 - 30 minutes, turning once and respraying. They always come out brilliantly and with far less calories than even low fat oven chips.
The other massive plus to this product is that it lasts so long! I normally find a bottle often lasts up to 6 months which is fantastic for around £1.80 - £2.20 a bottle. (I've seen the prices vary quite widely over the time I've been buying it)
I am constantly looking for ways to reduce calories from my diet and to generally eat healthier, so leapt at the chance to try this when I saw it on Tesco's shelves. A 250ml bottle cost me under £2.00
There are currenty four varieties of Frylight: Sunflower Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Better Than Butter and the new Stirfry Oil. I have tried both sunflower and extra virgin.
The bottle has a patented design to release only 1 calories worth of product per spray making it super easy to control your calories when cooking.
Its a pump spray rather than an aerosol which I like.
Some facts and figures:
Each spray replaces up to 30 calories of regular oil so when you compare it thats a huge calorie saving! It also contains zero cholesterol.
Finally, a 250 ml can of FryLight is equivalent to a whopping 7 litres of ordinary oil.
To use the oil, I spray it first onto my frying pan to coat it and prevent sticking. The spray comes out a bit like melted butter consistency and colour, but once heated it turns clear.
I also spray it on the food I'm about to cook - this helps it cook more evenly and without burning or sticking.
The result is that the food cooks very well but does not leave a greasy residue that you can get with normal oil.
This product is great for pan frying but not for deep. It can however be used in the oven for roasted veggies or potatoes for example, but you will have to top up the oil spray a couple of times whilst cooking.
Store Frylight in a cupboard not in the fridge as it will thicken if kept cold.
I believe that Frylight have brought out a salad spray now, but I wont be trying that. I'm all for cutting out calories but some things you just cant replace like the rich taste of fresh olive oil - can't see that working out of a spray can to be honest.
But for cooking its fantastic I would urge any slimmer to buy a bottle or indeed anyone wanting to make their diet a little healthier.
Spray 250ml. The only 1 Cal spray.