It sounds like there’s a relatively new fat substitute that tastes and “feels” right, is all-natural, and has no side effects. If this is true, this product should sell huge:
Z Trim, which has no fat, is made from the hulls of corn, oats, soy, rice and barley. It was developed by a scientists at a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Illinois in the mid-1990s.The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group that often speaks out on unhealthy food, said it has no safety concerns about Z Trim.
It’s taken several years to get the product into production and on the market. In 1998, FiberGel Technologies of Mundelein, Ill., acquired the license for Z Trim and built a manufacturing plant with plans to market and sell it to both food manufacturers and consumers.
Sold as a gel or powder, it can be used in dressings, dips, sauces, baked goods, processed meats, snack foods, cookies, pies and other foods. Unfortunately, it cannot be fried.
Now, I’ve tried products with Olestra. And aside from tasting a little odd, and having a weird kinda greasiness, they also did really bad things to my tummy. I’m never going to eat another foodstuff containing Olestra. But Z Trim sounds very interesting, especially since it seems benign. Since CSPI doesn’t have any objections to it, that makes me very, very optimistic. Anything which reduces the amount of fat and calories in foods without punishing one for trying to be healthier while eating junk food is a good thing in my book.