If we cannot manage to eat less in the long run, and we are lucky enough never to have to face starvation, how can we avoid gaining weight?

One answer lies in products like Olestra. This is a “fat” that cooks and tastes like any other fat but the body cannot assimilate because its molecules are too large to be absorbed into the

Instead, it passes right through the gastrointestinal tract. For example, if we consume potato chips made with Olestra, they taste generally the same as the regular chips and the potato portion is absorbed by the body in the regular way. However, the Olestra passes through our bodies without adding to our fat buildup.

But, of course, we cannot make every fatty product with Olestra. Meat contains its own fat. So do nuts, olives, avocados, and a thousand other foods. When we eat them, we are forced to eat fat. Moreover, if we eat out, we are fed huge quantities of fat of which we may not even be aware. Many salad dressings contain as much fat in a single serving as we need all day.

Dishes such as scrambled eggs get as much as half their calories from fat. Chocolate is mostly fat. A Quarter Pounder with cheese contains about 28 grams of fat. And remember, a gram of fat has more than twice the calories of carbohydrates.


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