Why is the fat substitute Olestra harmful?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Olestra is a fat substitute found in snack items like potato chips. Although it takes the fat out of foods, it can also cause extreme gastrointestinal (GI) side effects like gas, cramping and even anal leakage. The next time you’re craving a crunchy snack, try a handful of almonds or walnuts, loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
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