the facts about OLESTRA

In 1968 Procter & Gamble researchers F. Mattson and R. Volpenhein, in their quest to create a way of increasing premature babies' intake of fat, synthesized a fat substitute called sucrose polyester. Procter & Gamble named its product "olestra."
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CSPI Warns Consumers About Frito-Lay "Light" Chips with Olestra
— October 25, 2004
Popcorn Makers Considering Using Olestra
— May 21, 2004
FDA Caves in on Olestra
— August 1, 2003
Olestra Linked to Gastrointestinal Disease
— July 15, 2003
New Olestra Complaints Bring Total Close To 20,000 — More Than All Other Food Additive Complaints In History Combined
— April 16, 2002
Health Canada Rejects Olestra as a Food Additive
— June 22, 2000
FDA Review of Unpublished Procter & Gamble “Fecal parameters” Study
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Fake-fat Olestra Sickens Thousands:  15,000 Cases Makes Olestra Most-Complained-About Additive Ever
— December 22, 1998
Brief History of Olestra
Why No One Should Eat Products that Contain Olestra
Olestra: Snack Attack
— from the March 1998 issue of CSPI's Nutrition Action Healthletter
Don't Buy These Products — THEY CONTAIN OLESTRA!
CSPI's Olestra Quiz
What the Experts Say About Olestra
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The Olestra Project
— Harvard School of Public Health
New Olestra Study: Nothing New
— January 13, 1998
CSPI Petition to the FTC on olestra advertisements
Statement from Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D. on the FDA Advisory Committee Hearing on Olestra.
— June 17, 1998
Statement on FDA Approval of Olestra
— January 29, 1996
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