The Olive Oil Calorie Caper

olive-oil-sprayThe label on the spray can says zero calories per serving. But it’s a can with nothing in it but olive oil. But they said no calories. But how can that be? Olive oil has calories. Really good ones. But wait. The label has still more to say. In addition to there being no calories, there are especially no calories from fat. Okay, that does it. There’s a mystery here needing to be solved.

Let’s zoom in on the fine print here…

Servings per container: 421

Now there’s a curious number. The total amount of olive oil in the can is only five ounces. How, dare we ask, are the label makers defining the word “serving?”

Serving size: About 1/3 second spray (.27g).

It seems that in labelland, one serving of olive oil, when administered on the nanoscale, is about 1/4 gram, which is such a tiny amount that the nutrition data all round to zero. Where did the calories go? They fell through the granularity. The main thing is, at least now I know why I have to keep spraying and spraying to get the right amount of olive oil out.


  • Scott Posted July 16, 2009 10:46 am

    Ha… That’s a funny observation about the consequences of “rounding”. However, if you’re really spraying for that long to get the right amount of oil, you should probably just pour the oil, or at least pour it into an oil mister that you can buy at any kitchen store. I think you’ll have much better luck!

  • Nick Chapman Posted July 16, 2009 12:24 pm

    This is very funny, and also ironic because Amy and I just looked this very thing up the other day. Well, in our case, it was the spray “butter” which we have used for years and poured it in while cooking…thinking we were eating healthier, when actually I think it would have been worse than the light butter we use!

  • Julian Cooper Posted June 17, 2010 8:53 pm

    Olive oil is very tasty and has some nutty taste too.`;’

  • Dylan Lopez Posted July 26, 2010 9:38 pm

    Olive oil is very tasty and it has very low saturated fats..**

  • Kid Posted November 26, 2010 3:50 pm

    Made my day, good info, I will come back.

  • Inflatable Bed Posted December 20, 2010 1:47 pm

    olive oil is very very tasty if you put it in fried foods and you can taste it raw too ‘“

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