As most people know, trying to be healthy is not easy when you have absolutely no willpower, so trying to cut out calories without compromising on taste is an absolute must. My mother in law recommended fry light to me as she is on a slimming world plan and she absolutely swears by it as a way to still fry things, but not feel guilty about using calorie laden oils.
I have to admit that I was sceptical at first because I thought it sounded too good to be true and that it would taste horrendous and like it was full of chemicals. And I was not keen on the packaging as it has a slightly seventies feel to it with the green and sunflower yellow colour combination. But luckily my fears were put to rest when I used it for the first time. I noticed a slight chemical smell when I sprayed it into the pan but that soon disappeared.
I will admit that you have to use a fair few sprays if you want to make sure you do not burn your food or your pan, and I did learn this the hard way. But at 1 calorie per spray, I think you can afford to be a bit more generous than you might be with the oil.
Once the food was cooked I noticed no negative difference in the taste of anything, I noticed a positive difference though, things did not smell or taste like grease! I noticed a positive difference in my waistline too!
A bottle of fry light seems to last for such a long time, they claim one bottle can cook 190 meals and that seems about right as I bought a bottle in September and it lasted me all the way through until March! It's a win, win, win situation, you will cut out calories, still have great tasting food and save money too!
Even cooking oil is getting a scientific make over!
Whist getting used to a new diet, we've learnt that even the smallest ways in which you can shaved of the calories or make a change will make a HUGE difference to your health.
I've always thought that Olive Oil used well and within reason is okay but clearly it 's not the case.
One of the small changes we needed to do or habit we needed to change was the amount or type of oil we used.
I had heard of this oil and seen it advertised but not given it much thought until we had to include it and use it. Now it has completely changed the way we use oil in our foods.
On the FRYLIGHT website they offer five tips that we began using after three months of having used this and found it actually helped. They were:
DO NOT KEEP THIS IN THE FRIDGE
SHAKE WELL BEFORE USE
SPRAY THE PAN BEFORE YOU HEAT IT UP
IT HELPS TO SPRAY THE FOOD
0NLY 4-6 SPRAYS ARE NEEDED
This smelt, like someone else commented in their review here, a slight hint of chemicals but it does not in any way transfer to your food.
This retails very well in various places some as cheap as £1 and well worth it becaase it feels like the can of spray oil will last forever the way you only need to spritz. The diet's working and I hope this is one of the reasons why!
I would highly recommend this small change to your cooking habit x
About a year and a half ago I joined Slimming World and it seems it's pretty hard to follow the plan unless you succumb to using one of these low calorie sprays. Anyway, I did and Slimming World really worked for me, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of Fry Light. That's not to say that I don't still regularly use it, I do, every day and I've been at my target weight for a year. It works as part of a controlled diet, that's for sure, but I'm always a bit uncomfortable with how 'fake' it looks and smells. You can't really just substitute it for oil either, you need to change the way you cook as it just can't stand the heat, the bottle does say to use a lower heat than usual. Even using a dozen or so sprays it's still not enough to keep things from drying out either, the potential to burn your onions is huge. I usually end up adding a touch of water, or sometimes depending on what I'm cooking, maybe a dash of balsamic vinegar or Worcestershire sauce. These last two add a nice colour and a bit of caramelisation too.
I find this sunflower oil version the best for general use, there are other varieties, such as olive oil, buttery and barbecue and they all have a bit of an odd smell to me. You can sometimes taste the fry light in the food and I'm kind of used to it now but at first it's a bit horrible. I'd recommend buying it if you're trying to cut down on fat, but don't expect your food to taste the same.
I am on slimming world, so frying things in heaps of oil was no longer an option, neither was frying things in butter or margerine, so I decided I needed to find something else to fry things in as I feel that when you fry things with nothing in a non-stick pan they do not have the taste they do when they are fried. So off I went to do my weekly shop, I knew there would be something alternative that I could use so I just had to find it. I walked down the oil aisle and there it was "1 CAL SPRAY, SUNFLOWER OIL", and as I can always remember my gran using sunflower oil, this was the one I chose.
I picked it up that day at ASDA for £1.29, but that was only because it was on a special offer, I was quite lucky, although since then the bottle has also got smaller, cheeky cheeky fry light. Nowadays I pay £1.98 for the 190ml bottles from ASDA, £2.28 from Tesco and a whopping £2.30 from Sainsburys, so this is why I go to ASDA, as 30p does make the difference these days.
The bottle has a spray cap, which you press down, when you first use this it takes a couple of presses to get the oil moving but then it works perfectly. The bottle has pictures of sunflowers on the sides, and a yellow cap it is basically un-missable, the cap rather proudly sports the logo, "the only one cal spray" in large red lettering. The logo for fry light is the lettering, the fry is in large green letters and the light in smaller curly red writing. The bottle also has long diagonal yellow stripes across its body.
I use this spray for frying basically anything I cook, sometimes when a recipe says add 200 g butter, I add the equivalent in this oil as it binds the mixture together just as well as butter would. I find that this spray cooks bacon just as well as any regular fatty oil would, it tastes just as good if not better when not dowsed with oil. I do however find it hard to cook foods such as fried egg with this oil as I have to flick oil onto my egg to seal the yolk and this is impossible with fry light. I normally use about 3 or 4 squirts into my frying pan with fry light and start from there, it is essential for me now and I would never go back to the usual oil. Instead I have changed the way I eat eggs as I now poach my eggs and they taste even better.
Overall I would definitely recommend buying this product, it is a healthy alternative to most oils used for frying, and it gives more taste to cooking without oil in a non stick pan. One downfall is that the bottle is getting smaller and price is getting higher. Now that I have used this product I would definitely not go back, buy this oil if you are looking for a healthier way to fry your food which still tastes as good as deep fat fried foods do!
** The Purchase**
I bought this 1 Cal Fry Light Spray as I had noticed it in on the supermarket shelves each time I purchased my regular frying oil. It stands out as it screams in bright red The Only 1 Cal Spray. It is also emblazoned with a tape measure and other super dupa claims of being Non-stick and economical and great for low fat cooking.
So after resisting it many time (as it was somewhat more expensive than my usual cooking oil) at £2.28 for 250ml, I finally justified the purchase of it. By working out that if it was just 1 squirt a go and just 1 calorie per shot then it would last for aaggeess and thus if I was ever frying the odd fried egg or bacon it would be handy, low cal and something that I could keep by the cooker without being too bulky or obtrusive.
Therefore, I popped it into my basket and duly went home. Popping the lid I duly sprayed on my medium sized frying pan. Well this is where the first conundrum came in; one spray was definitely not enough to cover the area where the bacon was going, so I squirted again, and again. You can see where you have sprayed it, as the oil is a white cloudy colour. As the ingredients are sunflower oil, and lecithin emulsion then I assume it is the latter that creates the cloudy effect of the liquid oil.
So this is where the 1 cal goes out the window in my opinion, I found there was no way one spray was going to sufficiently coat the area you want to cook in/on in the pan. You need at least half a dozen sprays (each spray is 1 calorie) to get it somewhat coated.
Next hiccup; Once cooking I realised that the oil was not particularly good, the items were cooking too quickly and sticking to the base and burning (even though I had been pumping that bottle to get the oil out). So I duly sprayed again during the cooking process as it needed more oil on it to finish off the cooking process.
Next, the taste factor - the food came out somewhat over dried and lack lustre. The taste was not particularly pleasant rather non-descript.
In comparison; if I am doing a good fry up in the pan, the items using a normal oil come out juicily cooked - yes it has oil coated on it, but I found a kitchen towels takes off the excess in any event. However, the food cooked with this spray was in no way, shape or form cooked at the same tasty level as my regular bottled oil.
The other thing I found was the hassle of keeping on spraying to get a good coating. I may well resort to unscrewing the pump action top and just pouring out some of the oil (if I get desperate for oil i.e. have run out of the regular). But that is at a push as I have unfortunately not been impressed by this at all.
It does say it is a cooking spray for shallow frying, roasting and baking. I have yet to use it for baking but given the above points already including the taste test, I do not think I will be bothering.
2** Good idea but does not past the taste test let alone the use test in my opinion
We always have a bottle of fry light in the cupboard, both at my mums and at my partners. My mum first introduced me to fry light about 5 years ago now when she first started Slimming World.
Fry Light is a lighter version of cooking oil. It boasts that it has only one calorie per spray and therefore is much lighter. It comes in a pump rather than a bottle which is fantastic as it means you only dispense what you want.
I use Fry Light for a variety of things such as roast potatoes, chips, sausages, bacon...Just because the name says fry it doesnt mean you can only use it for frying. I often use it in the oven, either to prevent food from sticking or to brown food off.
Fry Light is easy to use, you simply use it as you would any other oil. If you are frying, you will need a few sprays in the pan before putting the food in. If you are oven baking I find it best to spray both the tray and the food.
The pump is easy to use and a good amount of the oil is dispensed, it also covers quite a large area with one spray. For a small frying pan I usually use two sprays.
I find Fry Light works just as well as other oils and it leaves your food far less greasy. I use this over cooking oil 99% of the time so as you can tell, I certainly prefer this!
Occasionally, you will find that some foods take a tiny bit longer to cook than they would with normal cooking oil. So far the only one I have found that does is roast potatoes, which take about a third longer to go crispy and brown.
I love this product and will continue to buy it. One bottle lasts a long time (we've had a bottle at my partners for 4 or 5 months now, using it a few times a week). You really cannot tell the difference, apart from your food being less greasy and it means therefore that you eat a lot less calories and fat.
Each spray contains 1 calorie, 0.1g fat, trace saturates and nil salt. This is hardly anything of your daily amount so it is certainly worth a try.
250ml currently costs £1.83 in Sainsburys. There is also an olive oil spray version aswell as the sunflower one which I have been reviewing.
I have been using this spray for a while and it is really good. We first bought it in my house when my mum tried to lose some weight and it is a pretty good product so we have been using it on and off for ages.
It says it is for low fat cooking, has no cholesterol, is economical and non-stick and only has 1 calorie per spray. Really, who could argue with that? We use it for loads of things like to spray in the pan before frying some veg or we even spray it on vegetables which we are going to roast, it has the same effect but without all of the added greasyness which i think is good as it means you just get more of a taste of the vegetables' flavour.
We also have started using it for spraying around baking trays as it makes cookies and cakes not seem to stick, it's really good for when the tray is getting a bit old and has lost some of its non-stickness.
I don't really know how it has only 1 calorie per spray but I guess one spray isn't much oil, and you generally use more than 1, but it is made of sunflower oil water, soya lecithin, alcohol and vitamin E. I think a lot of this is a bit overly artificial especially compared to just straight up olive oil but for me it is a good way to cut down on grease and to do portion control. It says that 1 cal spray is equivalent of 30 calories of the equivalent of oil.
I like the way you can use it without spilling grease on yourself and everything. The pup action is very efficient and it is easy to use one handed which is good. The only thing I don't like is that it can be a bit hard to direct so it sometimes gets on the oven and burns and smells bad, but I have just learnt to spray closer to the food/pan I am spraying it on to!
I think it is not too dear, probably about £2 from most supermarkets and I think it is worth it!
I love a good old fashioned fry-up on a Sunday morning with no work to worry about and just to have the day to myself to relax.
I love cooking fried eggs and usually its with either olive oil or vegetable oil or even sometimes butter to grease the bottom of the frying pan so the eggs don't stick, there's nothing worse than your eggs sticking to the bottom and in all your effort to scrape it free you end up breaking the yoke and now there's nothing to dip your toast into.
I came across the Fry Light when I was shopping for my weekly shop and was looking for the oil I usually get, but then I saw this can, now with most people the part that would most probably catch there attention is the writing on the lid that says "The Only 1 Cal Spray" but for me I think it was just the ease of not having to worry about pouring too much oil with my normal method, don't get me wrong I'm not a health freak or even really looking to lose weight (as my work tends to keep my weight down as it is) but there's no point being lazy and careless because to much of anything is not good for you (my motto anyway).
You can use this oil spray for absolutely anything be it cooking a stirfry, making a stake or even for baking.
If your just wanting to greese something so nothing sticks and not worried about not having a taste then this can will do the trick, when you use it you will find it adds no flavour like an olive oil would add so if you want flavour go back to a bottle.
Per Actuation (Meaning Per Spray)
Of which sugars:
Of which saturates:
Of which monounsaturates:
Of which polyunsaturates:
of which cholesterol:
With only 1 calorie per spray that's pretty healthy, just as long as you don't spray 20 times at once otherwise your just defeating the object of what its trying to do, but on the up side if you do spray 20 times evertime it will still last longer than any bottle.
You can get the Fry Light for around £1.87 for a 250ml can which is actually an alright price considering it does last a long time, if used as instructed, which isn't all that hard to work out.
I have decided to go on a diet and need to lose a stone so I have decided to try the slimming world plan.
I do like the odd fried breakfast and make lots of meat and veg type meals with huge home made yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes and I always use olive oil and goose fat as these give the best results for me and I was disappointed although not surprised to find that theses would have to go.
Slimming world recommend the Fry Light spray which is a one calorie spray and this particular one is the sun flower oil spray. The others available are the Olive Oil spray and the new Stir Fry spray.
====== The Product ======
The spray comes in a can like an aerosol spray and when you take the top of the dispenser inside is the style of a pump dispenser.
The important parts are that it offers low fat cooking, No cholesterol, Less than 1 calorie per spray and is non stick.
Each 1 calorie spray of Fry Light replaces upto 30 calories from conventional oil.
It is for you in baking, roasting and frying so I have decided to do the review based on each of those uses.
===== Roasting And Baking ====
For roasting potatoes I sprayed the dish with fry light about 4 sprays did it for me, I then heated the fry light before adding the roast potatoes which I then sprayed again with the fry light.
I was quite surprised that it worked well, the potatoes were crisp and tasty although I have to say that the did lack the crisp that I usually achieve with goose fat but considering the difference in the fat content I was delighted.
For roasting or baking meat it was easy to spray the fry light directly onto the meat and then roast and I did this with chicken, fish, pork and beef and they all turned out great apart from the pork not having the best crackling but again as I was using less fat it was worth it.
====== Frying =====
I am afraid that this is where the Fry Light did not perform as well for me. I found that the spray turned to smoke really quickly and my fire alarm was set of quite a few times, I found that it works better if you use a really low setting when frying.
I also needed to add more while frying and spraying it into a hot pan makes the smoke worse.
Having said that the food tasted really good and I had not missed using oil at all.
===== Easy To Use?=====
When you first use the spray you need to pump the dispenser quite a few times to get it flowing and always shake it well before use.
The dispenser does push down quite easy although I did find that at certain angles I needed to spray a few more times to get it going.
====== My Conclusion ======
I have to be honest and say that were there no difference calorie wise between my goose fat or olive oil then I would choose those over the Fry Light, however the results with the Fry Light are very good and due to the low fat and calorie content it makes it a winner in this house.
It allows you to still have the odd fry up and roast and still keep to a healthy eating or weight lose plan.
It's available in most supermarkets and is on offer at Sainsburys at the moment for just £1.00.
As my boyfriend and I need to watch our weight, we decided to investigate low-calorie alternatives to our favourite products. As we are both big fans of fried foods, we decided to give Fry Light a go.
Fry Light is a cooking spray that you use in place of oil when you are pan-frying or roasting things in the oven. It isn't used for deep frying or for replacing the oil in baked goods (although you can certainly use it to spray a baking tray that you're using to make baked goods). Basically, as it comes in a spray, it isn't useful for anything that would require pouring this out.
Fry Light is made from sunflower oil, water, and a few other ingredients and contains only about 1 calorie per spray. One spray of Fry Light replaces up to 30 calories worth of oil or butter, making this an exceptional find for dieters like me. It's also vegetarian and gluten-free, and contains no cholesterol.
I really like the taste of Fry Light and find it very easy and pleasant to use. When pan frying you do need to use a slightly lower temperature than you would otherwise use or else your food will burn. But it's perfect for frying eggs, vegetables, etc - and they also make a special Asian flavour Fry Light for stir-frys!
A couple of my favourite ways to use Fry Light are:
1. Get some popcorn kernels and put them in a paper bag. Place this in the microwave for 3-4 minutes or until popping slows down (be careful not too leave it in too long or your popcorn will burn). Take it out, sprinkle on some salt, and give it a few sprays with Fry Light. You now have delicious freshly-popped pop corn with hardly any calories in it!
2. This recipe is similar to that found on the canister but a bit more detailed and in my opinion tastier! Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Cut up some potatoes into large wedge-shaped chips and boil them for 5 minutes in water to which you've added some stock granules. Spray a baking tray with Fry Light. Drain the potatoes and put them on the baking tray, then spray the tops with Fry Light. Put in the oven and bake 30 minutes or until brown. You now have some really tasty chips with very few calories beyond what the potatoes contain! Just imagine, chips with as few calories as a plain jacket potato. They do taste nice, too, really!
You'll also find many recipes on the Fry Light web site, including some for desserts that look very nice (pancakes and cooked strawberries, for example).
Fry Light has made it much easier for my boyfriend and I to stick to our diets, because it's enabled us to keep eating many of our favourite foods, just in reduced calorie versions. Whenever I used to reach for the oil and put a big glug in the frying pan, I now use the Fry Light and smile to think of how many calories I'm saving.
A 250ml bottle of this costs £2 but I would pay more than twice that for this product, so it's a real bargain. Especially when you consider that you're actually saving money as well as calories as oil is quite expensive.
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 Sunflower Oil Spray' instead now as it's a lot healthier..
Sold in a 250ml plastic can which is bright yellow and white with big sunflowers on the front and a yellow pop on lid with 'the only 1 cal spray' on it, this costs just under two pounds from supermarkets, etc.
Described as: 'Sunflower 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.
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 Oct 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 sunflower 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, but do not keep in the fridge though.
There is a bit of advice on the can about making healthier roasties and chips with this spray and to spray directly on to meats to stop them from sticking.
The taste isn't too strong and there is an olive 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 picked this up in morrisons for £1.79 for a 250ml bottle, Im trying to lose a few extra pounds and the "1 cal spray" on the bottle caught my eye. Its a cute spray bottle and looks nice on the side!
On the label it clearly states "low fat cooking" "No Cholesterol" "Non stick" and less that 1 cal per spray, its does exactly what it says on the tin..well bottle. I do find that only 2 sprays do the frying pan even though it suggests 4 and a little spray on meat before they head under the grill prevents them from sticking. Theres no nasty after taste or greasy mess which ive found with oils that you pour in and its much easier to clean out the grill or frying pan because of its non stick properties.
Theres a few tips for cooking roasties and meats on the back and they do work.
Also as stated on the back of the bottle its vegetarian friendly and is gluten free.
If youre after a healthier option to normal oils I would certainly suggest trying this, since ive tried it its the only one I use, its very versatile.
When I was growing up, my mum always used lard to fry with in the frying pan. I'm more health conscious, though I'm sad to say it's probably more in terms of calories than it is nutritional factors, so I'm a sunflower convert.
I came across Fry Light just over a year ago and have used it ever since, so would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a healthier alternative to fry with.
Sunflower oil is the healthiest oil to use, and over the past few years large food companies have starting altering their production process to use sunflower or sunseed oils in order to cut down saturated fats. Walkers is a good example, and I thought that if it's good enough for them then it's good enough for me.
Fry Light is produced by MH Foods (Morehands Ltd), which dates back to 1977. I can't say I had ever heard of them prior to buying this spray, but they were the first to manufacture Soy Sauce in the UK incase you're interested.
Fry Light is quite easily recognisable as it's sold in a canister, primarily yellow in colour with a picture of a sunflower on the front. It has a yellow top you pull off to reveal the push-down spray mechanism.
This is marketed as a healthier alternative to other oils and lards, hence the design on the can states it's only 1 calorie per spray. This product has also been the 'Slimming Magazine Light & Low Awards Winner' for 6 years, so it's obviously doing well within its niche.
Each 250ml can costs around £1.86 (Tesco), which I would say is reasonable if you only need a few squirts at a time to fry with. According to Fry Light, one can can replace upto 7L of sunflower oil, though I'm not entirely sure I would agree with this as I will explain later.
Using this is very simple; simply remove the yellow lid and press the spray mechanism to squirt some oil into your pan. I find that you actually need to apply a fair amount of pressure to squirt this well.
An example of using this would be when I make a yummy bacon sandwhich. A few sprays into the pan helps the bacon to cook without sticking, but I seem to need to use a fair few sprays to get enough in the pan as it often seems to evapourate fairly quickly. Depending on how much pressure to apply to squirt the oil, you should get a nice even spray.
I find there to be no funny tastes with this oil, and the food cooks very well in it. Although I do seem to need to use a fair few sprays each time I use the pan, the can still seems to last a decent amount of time. It also lives up to the claim of preventing sticking, so it's suitable for other uses in addition to frying.
For example, I often use just one spray on each grill plate in my George Foreman and this prevents any meat from sticking to the lids and causing a mess.
I would therefore definitely recommend this if you want a simple, mess-free alternative to a bottle of sunflower oil. It's also a great alternative to less healthy oil or lard options. It does what it claims to do, and although I would argue much more of the oil is needed for cooking, it does the job well.
FRYLIGHT SUNFLOWER OIL (SPRAY).
What interested me in this product was simply the fact that i have never used a frying oil that you spray, and fed up with my usual oil which comes in a liquid form and usually leaves a mess after pouring all around the plastic bottle, thought i would buy this product and give it a try. Plus it also claims to be just a mere one calorie per squirt, well lets see what it tastes like.
The Can has a pull off lid, and it bright yellow, i guess this is because of the sunflower thingy, and there is a picture of a sunflower on the side of the can too. Costing £1.98p currently at Sainsburys and it is a bit more expensive than my usual brand of liquid formed oil, but it looks appealing in the can, and anything to avoid all the mess i get with my usual oil, and the fact that this looks nice and fresh in that can, and also the fact that it contains hardly any calories is partly why i brought it.
Has a pimp style nozle inside the lid, and is very easy to use.
You only need spray a little into a frying pan, it looks bit like cream, and then you heat up your pan, and it changes to a clearer oil, i was frying some pork chops today and it doesnt seem to burn or smell awfull, infact it doesnt really smell of much at all.
Yes it does the job, and i havnt got all that mess everywhere, which is good, and its suppossed to be just a one calorie per squirt, and it does the job, and cooks well, i think that with all these new products it is merely trial and error, well it did cook my chops perfectly well, and they browned good.
The can contains 250ml and it seems to be a good price, plus it did the job well, and infact i quite liked it, i didnt taste any adverse oil taste on my meat and it didnt make too much of a mess, and i would say that it probably saves you money in the long run, because you dont need to spray too much on the pan at all.
I think it will be a great alternative to my usual oil, but will have to try a roast with this, and let you know if the potatoes came out ok.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x.
We tend to use a wok a lot to cook and hence we eat a lot of stir frys, some of the time I use olive oil as the oil in the wok but if I'm watching my weight then I will also use Fry Light Sunflower Oil Spray as a good alternative as there is no compromise on flavour and it is excellent for using in a wok when you do not want a lot of oil to prevent te vegetables from going soggy.
It comes in a spray can so it is easy to control the amount of oil you are using when you cook, it comes out as a reasonably fine mist so it does a good job of coating your frying pan or wok.
It works out at one calorie per spray and when using my wok I find that three to four sprays is more than enough. It also has no odour or flavourto it so it does not change the taste or flavour ofthe food you have cooked, this applies to both meat and vegetables equally.
The last can I bought was £1.95 for 250ml so it is not the cheapest product on the shelves but for me it is worth the little extra to help keepmy weight under control.
Spray 250ml. The only 1 Cal spray.