Monday, December 26, 2011

Where to buy Olestra Oil (Olean)?

Made with Olean brand fat replacer.
So I'm making my French fries today and something occurs to me. I ponder how great olive oil is, but then wonder why in the year 2014 we can't they produce an oil with no fat? Then I correct myself and say "They do Liv!", and remember the fat-free (Olean) chips I buy. They're fried in Olestra oil but I don't ever recollect seeing bottles of the stuff available at the supermarket. Surely this must be very lucrative for someone, no? If everyone fried in fat-free oil, would it not shed hundreds of millions of pounds of fat from Americans diets? This would set off a series of events resulting in the lifting of the North American Continental Plate, thereby causing a massive earthquake which in turn, reverses rising sea levels caused by global warming? So why in the world don't we have Olestra available to consumers?

So why don't they? I figured now is as good of time as ever to find out. Some quick searching didn't come up with much other than some FDA nonsense restricting it to certain types of foods. No reason why, it just is.
A similar ethos appears to be responsible for the agency's reprehensible treatment of the fat substitute, Olestra. Even as government public-health officials are telling us to eat less and exercise more — in order to combat the nation's worsening epidemic of obesity, which now kills 300,000 people a year — they are also restricting an excellent tool for controlling the intake of fat and calories. In 1996, following an eight-year review, the FDA approved Olestra, a cooking oil that adds no fat or calories to food. (Olestra is a molecule of table sugar covalently linked to soybean or cottonseed oil, and is too large for the body to absorb or digest.) But they only allowed its use in chips, crackers, and other ''savory snacks," though Olestra can also be used instead of margarine, lard, butter, and oils in frying, baking, and sauteing. Moreover, Olestra is the most-tested food substance in history, having been subjected to far more trials than most prescription drugs.
I then wonder if I can't get it in the US, can I get it outside the US? I admittedly have done this with many regulated substances when I'm  frustrated by America's nonsense with itself and food or drugs. I'm not the only one. Talk to any senior citizen within a bus-ride of Canada or Mexico and they'll tell you when to sign up for the slow bus to Tijuana to get cheap prescription drugs, but sadly, I haven't found it's available elsewhere (unless someone knows something I don't). Till that changes, I'll be using my tried and true method of tossing or rubbing my foods in a bowl to lightly coat it in oil and baking.