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Old 02-27-2008, 01:27 PM
 
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Is Olestra bad for you? Has it been proven?
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I never tried it after I read that one side effect is "anal leakage."
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Is it even still on the market? I thought P&G filed that under O for "Oops."
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:02 PM
 
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Is it even still on the market? I thought P&G filed that under O for "Oops."
Yes it is, there was a lot about it in the press a while ago but all has gone quiet. Wondered if the initial complaints were ever upheld?

I saw some Lays potato chips in the store today with 'Olestra' and 'Olean' proudly stamped on the packaging, so guess it's now considered harmless?
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Yes it is, there was a lot about it in the press a while ago but all has gone quiet. Wondered if the initial complaints were ever upheld?

I saw some Lays potato chips in the store today with 'Olestra' and 'Olean' proudly stamped on the packaging, so guess it's now considered harmless?
Apparently in 2003 the FDA allowed them to remove the anal leakage warning label. I also just learned that it's a soy and sugar derived product. That explains the intestinal problems as unfermented soy is difficult (impossible?) to digest. I always get stomach cramps after eating edamame, though they taste so good I'll eat them anyway. I still don't think I want any Olean, but the FDA is giving you the go-ahead.

Olestra to shed warning labels
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have eaten plenty of the "Olean" chips before and I have never had any intestinal problems. They were being sold under the "Wow!" name, but I can never find them anymore.
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:35 AM
 
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Default Olestra?

I'm trying to lose a few pounds, but am finding that missing my salty, crunchy snacks is a real problem. Suddenly I remember OLESTRA, the miracle fake fat. What a great idea! The product was called "Wow!" as I recall. But when I go to Google it, all I see are health warnings. Aside from the laxative effect when consumed to excess, is this legit or just more hysterical health hype, and can you still buy the product?
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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What about popcorn? That makes a decent snack that's somewhat healthier than potato chips.

I haven't seen any potato chips with olestra for a year or two. Besides the laxative effect, olestra was shown to remove some fat-soluble vitamins from the body.

A measured portion of regular potato chips isn't a dealbreaker when you're trying to lose weight. The bad thing about potato chips is grabbing the whole bag and munching until it's all gone, so if you buy single serving bags and let yourself have one a day, you can have what you want without overdoing it.
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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There must be a valid reason why one of the common additive banned in other countries but allowed in the U.S. is Olestra, which essentially is a fat substitute found in products that traditionally have actual fat.

For example, low-fat potato chips like Ruffles Lite, Lays Wow and Pringles fat-free chips all contain Olestra - which is shown to cause the depletion of fat-soluble vitamins. Different brands of fat-free ice cream and mayonnaise at one time also contain the chemical.
Olestra has been banned in several countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada.

One word: yuck!

NOTE: Normally occurring only by excessive consumption in a short period of time.
However - Consumption of Olestra may encourage to eat too much of foods containing regular fats, due to the learning of an incorrect association between fat intake and calories, which could actually lead to weight gain.

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Old 06-29-2016, 12:08 PM
 
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But how often - and how many - would you have to eat before you'd have a valid concern about "depletion of your fat-soluble vitamins"? Most people don't make a steady diet of these snacks... Sounds a little Nanny State to me...
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