|Illustration: A. Canamucio|
But while we get fatter and suffer from diabetes and high cholesterol in record numbers, federal regulators are drastically limiting the availability of an important tool for controlling calories. Five years ago the Food and Drug Administration approved a formidable weapon in the war against dietary fat: a cooking oil called olestra, which adds no fat or calories to food. Simply a molecule of table sugar linked to soybean or cottonseed oil, it is too large for the body to absorb or digest. In 1996, after analyzing copious data, consulting outside experts, and...
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