“Zero Calorie” Butter Spray Actually Contains Hundreds of Calories

August 20, 2012 2 Comments by Scott Isaacs, M.D.

Many foods that seem like they might be low in calories have more calories than you might think. When you use butter sprays and nonstick sprays be very judicious with the amount you use. A small amount is fine but using more than a few sprays per day can add hundreds of calories and pack on the pounds.

Butter flavor sprays like Parkay spray and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray are labeled as having zero calories per spray. There is a loophole in the guidelines for labeling, which allows the product to claim it has zero calories when it actually it is a high-calorie product. A single spray has 0.8 calories and 0.085 grams of fat.

Those sprays really add up. Twenty-five sprays, the equivalent of 1 teaspoon, adds up to 20 calories. A typical bottle of zero-calorie butter spray has 832 calories and 93 grams of fat. A similar problem exists with nonstick cooking sprays like Pam. They have 7 calories per one-second spray. This can add up to hundreds of calories as well.

I have seen this problem first hand several times. Patients with the best intentions increase vegetable servings and think they are doing the right thing by substituting butter flavored sprays for real butter.  One patient was literally spraying every single bite. But when weight loss stalls, they become frustrated and confused.

Don’t get misled by the food industry. This food labeling practice is perfectly legal but highly deceptive. Look for hidden calories in your food. Avoid fake food. Embrace whole natural healthy foods.  

For more information, please read my book Hormonal Balance: How to Lose Weight by Understanding Your Hormones and Metabolism or visit my Facebook page.




  1. Feeling Ashamed says:
    Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:15am

    Im very upset I used really like this butter till I saw it was not true to what it says… now I will never put this garbage into my body again. Having fought bulimia 18 yrs and a binge disorder I really dont need this crap in my body to worry about I worry enough with other foods but the fat in this really put me into almost tears. I believe in some fats in the body are needed but this is over done for me the amount and I just pour it on things and go through a bottle of it just in 2 days so I have not buy it anymore im so ashamed of myself I want to puke it up or cry… or starve till I feel all that bad is out of me. Sorry but really they shouldnt do this to people.. some of us really struggle with the weight and bad feelings and when we try to make a healthier choice it really defeats our self esteem. Did mine tonight… I feel gross now with loads of fat in my body.

  2. Feeling Ashamed says:
    Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:26am

    I love to eat, but sometimes what looks to be a good thing isnt what it seems to be.. and maybe ill buy your book on how to not binge.. cause I cant have it around without wanting to eat it.. wish I could erase this…

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