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There's Something About Olestra

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There's Something About Olestra

There's Something About Olestra

There's Something About Olestra

Only Available in Archive Formats.

NPR's Alison Richards reports on the trouble with Olestra. The fat substitute gives consumers the pleasures of fried foods without the gain, but there's sometimes a catch: it can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Still, recent tests suggest the side effects could be less than originally thought. (

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