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Beware of Chip Labels Without Olestra

Although I've posted ample warnings about the effects of olestra -- the infamous diarrhea-inducing fake fat -- you may be fooled into eating it anyway because the FDA dropped its requirement for a warning label on packages of olestra-fried corn and potato chips more than a year ago.

Frito Lay took a sneaky step to shed the infamy stemming from its WOW! brand of olestra-fried chips by renaming them their "Light" brand, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Frito Lay's "new" Light lineup includes:

  • Lay's Light and KC Masterpiece potato chips
  • Doritos Light Nacho Cheesier tortilla chips
  • Ruffles Light and Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips
  • Tostitos Light Restaurant Style tortilla chips

CSPI sent nearly 300 individual reports of olestra-related adverse reactions today to the FDA which had already received more than 20,000 such reports, more than for any other food additive in history. Most of the reports involve diarrhea, gas, and cramps, and several recent victims sought emergency-room treatment.

It really doesn't matter whether they are fried in olestra or trans fats, chips are one of the five worst foods you could possible eat.

Center for Science in the Public Interest October 25, 2004

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