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Q: Where to buy Olestra aka Olean ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Where to buy Olestra aka Olean
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: iamdakota-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 06 Apr 2003 20:24 PDT
Expires: 06 May 2003 20:24 PDT
Question ID: 187021
Where can I but Olestra, the fat free cooking oil?  It is also known
as Olean and the Wow chips are made with this.
Subject: Re: Where to buy Olestra aka Olean
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 06 Apr 2003 21:31 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello iamdakota-ga,

As a consumer, you can only buy olestra in savory snacks, not as a
separate cooking oil.  (I suppose that if you are a savory snack food
manufacturer, you could negotiate a deal with Procter & Gamble to buy
olestra for use in making fat-free savory snacks.)

A recent article explains the limitations on olestra.  In particular:

"In 1996, following an eight-year review, the FDA approved Olestra, a
cooking oil that adds no fat or calories to food.  ...  But they only
allowed its use in chips, crackers, and other 'savory snacks,' though
Olestra can also be used instead of margarine, lard, butter, and oils
in frying, baking, and sautéing. ...

Not only has the FDA rejected overtures for wider use of the fat
substitute, but the agency continues to require labels on foods
containing Olestra warning of possible gastrointestinal symptoms ...."

"The Drug Bureaucracy", by Henry I. Miller (February 3, 2003)
National Review Online

So, although one might think that olestra would be available to the
general public as a cooking oil, it is not.  (If the situation
changes, you will probably be able to read about it on Olean's web
site ( )).

- justaskscott-ga

Search terms used on Google:

"buy olestra"
olestra "savory snacks"
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iamdakota-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
wish it was better news.... but good job thanks :)

Subject: Re: Where to buy Olestra aka Olean
From: arsenic-ga on 08 Apr 2003 05:43 PDT
You can perhaps order it from your local chemical supplier as sucrose octaoleate.

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