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olestra


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A patented proprietary preparation of sucrose polyester, a synthetic fat substitute that is approved as a dietary ingredient in the United States. It resembles fat in appearance and taste but it is not digested or metabolized, so foods containing it can be consumed without contributing to obesity. Concerns about possible adverse effects have led several countries, including Canada, to refuse to license it as a food additive or substitute.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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