Applesauce to Reduce Fat

I know that replacing vegetable oil with applesauce is one way to reduce the fat in a recipe, but I'm not sure by how much. I'd like to be able to figure how many calories and grams of fat I'd save by making these changes in some of my family’s favorite recipes. —R.V., Elkhorn, Wisconsin

For every 1/2 cup of oil replaced with applesauce, you will save 900 calories and 110 grams of fat. Replacing the same amount of butter with applesauce reduces the calories by 850 and the fat by 91 grams, of which a whopping 56 grams are saturated fat (the "bad" fat)…plus the sodium is reduced by 925 mg. Here are some additional "savings plans":

  • Replace 1 cup of cream with fat-free evaporated milk…and you’ll save 600 calories and 84 grams fat.
  • Use reduced-fat cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese…and you'll bank 310 calories and 37 grams fat. Switch from regular to fat-free cream cheese and save even more—560 calories and 80 grams fat!
  • Use 1 cup of reduced-fat sour cream in place of regular sour cream and save 160 calories and 20 grams of fat. If you use fat-free sour cream instead, you'll save 250 calories and 37 fat grams.