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OlestraA proprietary, FDA-approved synthetic (no-calorie) fat used in savory snack foods—e.g., tortilla chips, potato chips and crackers. Olestra has an appearance, taste and texture virtually identical to fat, but unlike most dietary fats (which are composed of three fatty acids linked to a glycerol), it is composed of sixt to eight fatty acids linked to glucose and is too large for digestion by the body’s enzymes. Olestra may reduce passive over-consumption as it flows undigested through the GI tract. A one-ounce bag of potato chips fried in olestra has 70 calories; a bag fried in regular fat has 150 calories.
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