In the “How did we not know this before?” department …
Hairdresser Christine Sturges of California decided to sue the manufacturers of Pam Cooking Spray after she found out that what was in the can she used for cooking might be closer than she thought to the hairspray she used on her clients. (And you can insert the word allegedly anywhere you want in that sentence since this is an ongoing legal case.)
Her attorney, Don Barrett, a successful litigator against Big Tobacco, is fighting to have Pam, manufactured by ConAgra, removed from store shelves. Raising an eyebrow as to why? According to The New York Times it’s due to the ingredients that are filed separately with the government on a data safety sheet … the last one listed is “propellant.”
What exactly is propellant? According to the Times it includes “petroleum gas, propane, and butane.” How about a little side of that with your pancakes? Eeep!
I read the article and immediately went to look at my can of spray oil (not Pam), and yes, the last ingredient was propellant … although it said propellant with no chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs are used mainly as refrigerants and solvents). Good to know I don’t have any solvents in my canola spray! Geez … Needless to say I propelled that can straight into the trash.
Wikipedia talks about the propellant in cooking spray as any combination of food-grade alcohol, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, or propane. Nothing on that list is what I would call “true food.” I admit I’ve used spray oil on occasion mostly so I can use as little as possible and keep the calories down while keeping the food from sticking. But those days are over; there’s nothing on that list I want in my or my family’s system.
This is just another reminder to eat food as close to its original form as possible. Stick to real fruits and veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, and if you’re going to eat something processed, make it yourself in your kitchen … Don’t rely on food manufacturers for any help.
There are olive oil sprayers (Amazon link) you can buy now where you just pour in your own oil and use it as a spray device. I bought one a couple of years ago, but now I’m gonna get a new one and start using it regularly.
What do you think? Do you use cooking spray? Are you going to keep using it now that you know what’s in it?