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Doctor insights on: Olestra

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Should I avoid olestra?

Should I avoid olestra?

Depends: Some people have gastro problems and olestra can cause diarrea , bloating and other GI side effects. ...Read more

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Will i die from eating olestra chips?

Will i die from eating olestra chips?

Not likely: But you may have a bad case of the runs! ...Read more

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Is olestra found in margarine?

Is olestra found in margarine?

Read labels: Hello! Olestra was approved in 1996 by the FDA as a food additive. Suggest you read all labels. ...Read more

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Does the pancreas treat olestra fatty acids similar to traditional fats/oils? Is the amount of enzymes produced the same in both cases? 

Does the pancreas treat olestra fatty acids similar to traditional fats/oils? Is the amount of enzymes produced the same in both cases? 

No.: Lipase is the pancreatic enzyme that splits (hydrolyzes) triglycerides in oils into fatty acids and monoglycerides. Lipase does not act on olestra, so olestra leaves the digestive tract undigested. This is why olestra has no usable calories. I do not know the answer to the question about degree of stimulation of lipase secretion by olestra vs. Other fats/oils. ...Read more