CALORIE-CONSCIOUS eaters, wary of
potato crisps with their high fat content, can now wolf them down. Olestra,
a zero-calorie artificial fat, developed
by the multinational Procter & Gamble,
got the us Food and Drug Administration (FDA) go-ahead early this year. It
will replace the conventional fat used in
crisps and other snacks.
Them is a hitch though, much to the advantage of anti-olestra baiters. The fake fat can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal effects. including diarrhoea. Worse, it can deplete the body of certain vitamins and nutrients. But for the FDA, this was merely 'annoying' rather than 'medically significant'. It has, however, ordered that foods made with olestm carry a label signifying its possible side-effects.
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