Do you cross the border to go grocery shopping? If so, keep your eyes open for these toxic food ingredients.

8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries


This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “food poisoning.” Original list found in Dr. Jayson Calton and certified nutritionist Mira Calton’s new book, Rich Food, Poor Food.

Check out the article here.

In my experience, Olestra (or Olean) is the food ingredient that most of my clients are not aware of the horrid side effects. When it first came out, most people that it was a wonder ingredient, because now chips were back on the “o.k. to eat” list. However, if you have ever spoke to someone who had too many chips containing Olestra, you’ll know to put them back on the shelf.

So what is Olestra?

The Science Behind Olestra

Olestra is a zero-calorie fat substitute used in place of high-fat cooking oils, shortening and butter in lower-fat snack foods and baked goods. Foods with olestra taste great, but have fewer calories and fat than full-fat foods. Want to know how olestra actually works? Get the lowdown below.

How Olestra Works

A normal fat molecule is composed of three fatty acid chains. Olestra, which is made starting from vegetable oil, has six to eight fatty acid chains and a sucrose core. The result is a fat substitute that looks, cooks and tastes like ordinary fat, but because of its size, is not digested by the body. This means substituting olestra for traditional fats, reduces overall calories and fat. Further, because its composition is similar to full fat, foods with olestra maintain the same taste and consistency as those made with traditional fats and oils.

Side effect of Olestra:

1. Malabsorption:

Why are vitamins added to foods made with olestra?

Vitamins A, D, E and K dissolve in both regular fat and olestra. Regular fat promotes your body’s absorption of vitamins when the fat is broken down and absorbed. Because olestra is not absorbed by the body, some vitamins dissolved in olestra will also not be absorbed. Therefore, a small amount of these vitamins are added to olestra foods to offset this effect. This addition has no impact on your body’s vitamin levels regardless of how much or how often you eat olestra foods.

2. Olestra rapidly depletes blood levels of many valuable fat-soluble substances, including carotenoids.

3. Olestra causes gastrointestinal disturbances, which are sometimes severe, including diarrhea, fecal urgency, and more frequent and looser bowel movements.

4. Olestra sometimes causes underwear staining associated with “anal leakage.”

Thank goodness Olestra is banned in Canada.


About alittlenutrition

Susan is passionate about teaching others how to achieve optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition and promoting fun ways to stay active. Susan has been a certified fitness instructor for over 8 years and enjoys teaching yoga, pilates, and fitball classes at Elite Fitness and Dance. However, her main interest in nutrition has led her in the direction of becoming a registered dietitian. Susan completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and has recently completed her dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Currently she is now combining her fitness skills with her nutrition knowledge and offering comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Susan worked as a sales executive for a variety of paint manufactures for over 10 years. She created innovative sales initiatives and marketing programs for corporate and independent retails stores. Now with her knowledge of nutrition and her business experience, she helps restaurants and food service operations create healthier meals options for their customers. Susan is highly involved in community health promotion, as she has been appointed to sit on the Recreation and Wellness Commission of Niverville and the Chair person for the South Eastman RHA District Health Advisory Council Western division. She is the co-founder of former the Niverville Active Living and she has put on many community health promotion activities such as: * Lose It For Life - Weight loss / Lifestyle Transformation program * Family Fitness Month…Win A Will Contest * Niverville Fair ~ Smoothie Booth * Community Cholesterol Reduction Challenge * Cooking On A Budget * Couch Potato Race She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Fitness Council and the Canadian Obesity Network. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and being physically active outdoors with her husband and friends.
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