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So I noticed this weekend that "Wow," the Olestra brand of chips has reached the market (there were unending jokes about this product's name all weekend). Today, I clicked on the banner above the NYtimes site to learn more... I love the careful terminology they use here. I dare any of you to get a bag. Olean brand olestra and digestive effects I've heard some people say Olean may cause "anal leakage." Is this true? No, eating Olean snacks will not cause "anal leakage." Olestra went through 25 years of research before being approved by the FDA. During this time, as with any development process, olestra was continually evaluated and improved. While some people did experience oil loss with the very early forms of olestra, it was addressed and corrected before FDA approval. Olestra is manufactured to a FDA required specification to control oil loss. I've heard that Olean causes diarrhea. Is this true? No. When people eat Olean snacks, they are no more likely to have diarrhea than if they did not eat the snacks. When people are sick with diarrhea, there may be significant water loss, irritation of the digestive tract and loss of electrolytes. Olean does not cause these effects. Olean may soften the stool in some people, it does not make people sick with diarrhea. Even in a study with people who have bowel disease and recurrent diarrhea, where Olean snacks were eaten for 30 consecutive days, Olean foods were well tolerated. Does Olean's information label mention diarrhea? No. Olean's information label does not mention diarrhea. Olean is a cooking oil that is not absorbed, so it may soften the stool in some people, particularly if eaten in large quantities several days in a row. It is this stool softening effect that is on the information label. This change is not harmful and is similar to what happens after eating many other foods, like certain fruits or high-fiber bran. Whether you notice this effect may depend upon the interactions you normally experience between changes in your diet and your bowel movements. Under typical snack-eating situations the majority of people will not notice any change. An information label provides those few consumers who may experience these temporary changes with the information to help them adjust their consumption. Food information labels of this type are more common than you may realize! If foods made with Olean have an information label, then why do many refer to it as a warning label? Is there a difference? There may be a misperception that foods made with Olean require a warning label. Olean's label is not a warning label. Rather, it is an information label which is intended to advise consumers of potential non-serious effects that some consumers may experience. In contrast, warning labels are required on products to ensure that consumers are aware of potential health hazards associated with their consumption.
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Entered on: 03/18/1998
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