Study: Fat substitutes may not be as healthy

06/27/2011 | United Press International

A U.S. study of rats indicates that the fat substitute olestra may not be effective in producing weight loss. The rats were divided into groups of high-fat and low-fat food consumption. Within those groups, some rats were given high-calorie chips and low-calorie chips containing olestra. Those rats fared worse in weight and fatty tissue development than rats that ate only high-calorie, nonolestra chips, the researchers said.

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