olestra

noun
oles·​tra | \ ō-ˈle-strə How to pronounce olestra (audio) \

Definition of olestra

: a noncaloric fat substitute consisting of a series of compounds that are sucrose esters of six to eight fatty acids resistant to absorption by the digestive system because of their large size

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Other exhibits include potato chips made with the fat substitute olestra, which has the benefit of helping weight loss but unfortunate side-effect of diarrhea. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "‘Museum of Failure’ Opens in Sweden to Celebrate Our Best Errors," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of olestra

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for olestra

probably by shortening & alteration from (sucrose) polyester

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olestra

noun
oles·​tra | \ ō-ˈles-trə How to pronounce olestra (audio) \

Medical Definition of olestra

: a noncaloric fat substitute consisting of a series of compounds that are sucrose esters of six to eight fatty acids resistant to absorption by the digestive system due to their large size

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