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?
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:
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.
Thank goodness Olestra is banned in Canada.