6 Best Healthy Cooking Sprays Without The Nasty Additives

These healthy, all-natural cooking sprays don't contain any petroleum-based propellants or other sketchy additives.

June 16, 2017
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Cooking sprays are endlessly convenient. They coat skillets and baking pans with a perfectly even, never-too-thick layer of oil—food doesn’t stick, but it doesn’t become overly greasy and soggy either. The issue with these marvelous sprays? There’s usually more than oil in that can. Here’s what else you’re likely to see on the label:

Propellant

The big problem ingredient with cooking sprays is “propellant,” which, unless you’ve done some research, probably tells you nothing. In aerosol-style spray cans, a propellant is needed to force the cooking oil out of the pressurized can through the tiny spray nozzle. Typically, said propellant is a tiny amount of butane, isobutane, or propane—colorless, odorless gases derived from petroleum (you’ll find it in things like aerosol hairspray and dry shampoo, too). Some brands, especially organic ones, are now switching over to compressed air or carbon dioxide propellants as a safer alternative (these typically say “no hydrocarbons” on the label). Others are switching up canister designs to use air pressure to release the oil so that a propellant isn’t necessary.

Dimemythlpolysiloxane

This is a type of silicone used as an antifoaming agent in cooking spray. The EWG gives it a safe score of 1, but notes there is limited data available.

Soy Lecithin

Soy lecithin is extracted from soybean oil and used as an emulsifier so that ingredients don’t separate. It’s also what makes nonstick cooking sprays nonstick. It’s good to know about for allergy reasons and because the overwhelming majority of soy is GMO. (Wondering if soy is good or bad for you? Here’s the science-backed answer.)

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Luckily, there are now a bunch of cooking sprays on the market with much simpler ingredients lists—and healthier oil choices that are made without GMO crops. Here’s a look at some of the best healthy, organic, and safe alternatives that don’t use the unsavory additives:

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Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Spray

Your beloved avocado oil is now in a handy spray canister. We appreciate that Chosen Foods clearly prints the oil’s smoke point (the temperature at which the oil begins to burn and break down) on the front of the bottle—avocado’s is 500 degrees Fahrenheit, making it extremely versatile and ideal for high-heat cooking and grilling.

Buy Now: $4.50, Amazon.com

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Bertolli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray

Bertolli’s organic EVOO spray is great for tossing a bit of flavor into pasta or a salad. Alternately, you could use it on the stove for frying up an egg or lightly sauteing some veggies. Olive oil has a smoke point of 350 degrees, so use it only for low-heat cooking.

Buy Now: $3.50, Walmart.com

Related: 5 Times You Should Never Use Olive Oil

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Spectrum Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Nonstick Spray

If you’re looking for an all-natural spray that’s a close to Pam as possible, this one fits the bill. It includes organic soy lecithin for that nonstick quality and comes in a hydrocarbon-free canister. Use it for baking or on the stovetop.

Buy Now: $5, Target

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La Tourangelle Organic Canola Oil Spray

Organic canola oil is a rare find, which is a shame since it's so versatile for everyday cooking. Enter La Tourangelle organic canola oil spray, which is ideal for just about any kind of stovetop cooking or baking. It has a medium-high smoke point of 400 degrees.

Buy Now: $6, Target.com

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Chosen Foods Chosen Blend Oil Spray

This oil blend of organic high oleic safflower oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil is specifically designed for coating baking pans (and is based on Chosen Foods’ Chosen Blend Oil for baking). Its high smoke point of 490 degrees means you can use it on the stovetop or grill as well.

Buy Now: $5, ChosenFoods.com

Related: Does It Really Matter What Kind Of Cooking Oil You Use?

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Simply Balanced Organic Canola Oil Spray

Target’s store brand Simply Balanced offers another great organic canola oil spray. Use it for coating skillets, baking sheets, meat, veggies—just about anything you want.

Buy Now: $4, Target.com

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