The fake fat olestra spurs the excretion of toxins from the body, report researchers who have treated a PCB-laden woman with fat-free Pringles.


Some studies have shown that olestra, used as a fat substitute in some foods, can help eliminate fat-soluble pollutants such as dioxin.



Researchers at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in Ohio and the University of Western Australia, in a not-yet-published study, say they have treated a woman with PCB toxicity over a two-year period using olestra in the form of fat-free Pringles. They report that the woman’s chloracne disappeared and the levels of PCB in her fat tissue dropped dramatically.



Ronald Jandacek and colleagues from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine team has now provided more evidence for olestra’s detoxification effects in a study looking at how diet affects retention and distribution in the body of chlorinated hydrocarbons such as PCBs and dioxins.



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