Ban Harmful Fat Substitute in Food Products


Target: United States Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Ban the use of Olestra, a dangerous fat substitute free of calories and cholesterol, in all food products sold in the United States

Olestra, also called Olean, is a fat substitute commonly used in snack foods like chips and french fries. Though it is free of both calories and cholesterol, it causes severe weight gain in addition to diarrhea, cramps, and leakage of the bowels. These disgusting side effects resulted in an effective ban of the product in Canada and the United Kingdom, but the United States allows this substitute in snack foods all throughout the country. Urge our Food and Drug Administration to pull all products containing Olestra from the shelves and give the food substitute an official ban.

In 1996, Procter & Gamble, an American consumer goods organization, introduced a miracle food invention that was lighter and healthier than the everyday potato chip. The invention was the fat substitute called Olestra, and it worked by combining sucrose and vegetable oil to form a unique molecule that tasted exactly like a real fat. In addition to tasting delicious, the calorie and cholesterol-free nature of the product made it successfully marketable. Today, however, studies have shown that the miracle invention was not as miraculous as it was once thought to be.

Scientific studies have shown that that Olestra is indigestible beyond imagination, sending half of its consumers to the bathroom with diarrhea after only 32 grams of the stuff in a day. The very process by which Olestra is digested in the human body interferes with the absorption of necessary fat soluble vitamins, and as such depletes the body of these in a short period of time. Arguably, this fat substitute is a poison being passed off as a healthy alternative to tasty fried foods. In reality, there is no such thing. Olestra is an unhealthy and dangerous fat substitute that should be banned in the United States.

Simply because a product does not directly contribute to death among consumers does not mean that it is safe for consumption. Urge our FDA to ban products containing Olestra immediately.


Dear United States Food and Drug Administration,

Olestra, commonly referred to by its brand name Olean, is a harmful fat substitute commonly used in chips and french fries in the United States. While it is not directly linked to long-term bodily damage or death, it is a poisonous substance that depletes the human body of necessary vitamins while claiming to be a healthy alternative to otherwise unhealthy foods. It serves as a calorie and cholesterol-free substitute, but causes severe cases of weight gain, diarrhea, cramps, and leakage of the bowels.

These are disgusting side effects telling of a substitute that is indigestible to the human body. Olestra has been banned in Canada and the United Kingdom, and I urge you to pull it from the shelves of the United States as well. Please ban all products containing Olestra immediately.


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