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What is Olean?

Olean is a brand name for olestra, a food additive that can help you lose weight. Olestra is a non-caloric fat substitute that is used in many low-fat foods and snacks. It is composed of sugar and oil, but the molecules are so large that your body does not absorb them. Olestra was approved for use in the US by the FDA in 1996, but proved unpopular largely due to digestive effects associated with it (including cramping and diarrhea). Currently there are no major food manufacturers in the United States using olestra.

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