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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?

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

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In your opinion - what would be most effective, a detox diet or fasting altogether?

In your opinion - what would be most effective, a detox diet or fasting altogether?

Detox? Caution!: There is preliminary evidence to suggest that certain foods such as coriander, nori and olestra have detoxification properties, although the majority of these studies have only been performed in experimental models. No randomized controlled trials have been conducted to assess the effectiveness of commercial detox diets in humans. Ref: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 12/19/2014 ...Read more

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Are fat free pringles okay to eat?

Are fat free pringles okay to eat?

Olestra: Fat-free pringles contain Olestra, a fat substitute which in large quantities can lead to abdominal cramps, diarrhea and malabsorption of some vitamins. Taken every once in a while, they are better than regular potato chips, but I wouldn't eat them every day. ...Read more

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Help! what causes the presence of fat in a stool?

Help! what causes the presence of fat in a stool?

Small amt normal: Small amount of fat in stool is normal ; fatty stooltends to be foul smelling, pale/yellowish, bulky, sticky, greasy, sometimes with oil droplets in toilet. Can be with intestinal problems, e.g. Celiac sprue, crohn's disease, tropical sprue, parasites, pancreatic insufficiency. Can be from olestra, (wow potato chips-poorly digestible fat), or Alli (causes malabsorption of fat), gastro bypass surg. ...Read more

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Just had lots of green oil separated from stools in my BM. dnt feel any pain Whats this, its freakin me?

Just had lots of green oil separated from stools in my BM. dnt feel any pain  Whats this, its freakin me?

Bile Pigments: If you have taken the Weight reducing medicine called "Ally". It prevents Fat and Fatty acid absorption and can prevent Bile acid absorption and one notices exertion of Oil/Bile/Fatty acids in the stool . If this has been going on for a while you can have Malabsorption for some reason. Try Pancreatic Enzymes before each meals. And of course consult your GI specialist ...Read more

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Why would I have dark orange oily stool?

Why would I have dark orange oily stool?

Fat droplet in stool: The amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, ; other factors. You are describing steatorrhea--due to maldigestion, pancreatic insufficiency, ingestion of olestra or orlistat, high fat intake... ...Read more