The study by researchers at Purdue University showed that synthetic fat substitutes
used in low-calorie potato chips and other foods could backfire and contribute to weight gain and obesity.
The study, by researchers at Purdue University, challenges the conventional wisdom that foods made with fat substitutes
help with weight loss.
Enter Z Trim, a calorie-free fat substitute
made from insoluble plant fibers found in cereals and legumes.
Stephen Ziller of the Grocery Manufacturers of America argued that consumers miss out on "beneficial ingredients" when additives such as fat substitutes
are delayed (Delays, 1995, p.
never seem as good as the real thing.
Nutrim is also more cost effective for food ingredient makers and food processors who use oat-based fat substitutes
in their products; it costs about half as much as alternative ingredients.
Healthy gains are also expected for carbohydrate-based fat substitutes
, which now dominate the market, as these products can often circumvent the lengthy federal approval process due to their "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS) status.
Similar to other fat substitutes
, Nutrim will not add any inches to your hips.
Failla says the food industry should be praised for its success in developing fat substitutes
that allow people to prepare meals with lowered fat content.
And they're adding indigestible gums and cellulose derivatives to foods as emulsifiers and fat substitutes
For instance, at a conference on fat substitutes
sponsored by the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences last fall, two P&G consultants, Penny Kris-Etherton of Penn State and John Foreyt of the Baylor College of Medicine, were speakers, as was John Peters, P&G's associate director of regulatory and clinical development.
Two significant fat substitutes
- named Olean and Z-Trim - have been introduced by food company Procter & Gamble and by the U.