An indigestible molecule, it inhibits the absorption of vitamins and minerals causing abdominal cramping, loose stools, gas, and perhaps most notoriously—anal leakage. Yet, despite its infamous reputation, the Olean Web site reports that over five billion servings of the fart maker have been served … and continue to be served. No wonder Pringles Fat Free Chips are in the same aisle as the adult diapers. The diet drug Orlistat Xenical works much in the same way Olestra does—by blocking absorption of fat. Hook, Line, and Stinker Escolar , sometimes sold or served under the name Hawaiian walu, butterfish, and super white tuna, is a deliciously light and buttery fish with one small problem.
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Because it was too large to be absorbed by the intestine, it passed through the digestive tract—a little too quickly, as it turned out. Olestra, which was found in Pringles and later in Frito-Lay products like Ruffles and Doritos, was burdened by a nagging problem. The miraculous fat molecule gave a percentage of consumers stomach cramps, loose bowel movements, and diarrhea. Over time, they found that attaching an increased number of fatty acids to the sorbitol molecule rendered the fats unable to pass through the mucus membrane of the intestine and were therefore totally indigestible. Because sorbitol was expensive, researchers substituted sucrose and combined it with triglycerides. The development process took 15 years. It took another 10 years for the Food and Drug Administration FDA to approve olestra for the so-called savory food category: potato chips, pretzels, and other salty snacks—but there were a few wrinkles.
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Olestra also known by its brand name Olean is a fat substitute that adds no calories to products. It has been used in the preparation of otherwise high-fat foods such as potato chips , thereby lowering or eliminating their fat content. The Food and Drug Administration FDA originally approved olestra for use in the USA as a replacement for fats and oils in prepackaged ready-to-eat snacks in ,  concluding that such use "meets the safety standard for food additives, reasonable certainty of no harm".