Definition of olestra in English:



mass noun
  • A synthetic compound used as a calorie-free substitute for fat in various foods because of its ability to pass through the body without being absorbed. It is a polyester derived from sucrose.

    • ‘Didn't we once hear a similar claim about the fat substitute Olestra?’
    • ‘And if you're tempted by products with the fake fat Olestra, limit yourself to eating 1 ounce of any food containing it, she adds.’
    • ‘I had seen a similar registry on the Web site of the Center for Science in the Public Interest for people who believed that consuming the fat substitute Olestra had caused them some type of health problem.’
    • ‘Also on the agenda, the League's efforts to keep the province Olestra free.’
    • ‘A new type of polyester, tradenamed Olestra, is marketed to snack-food producers as a fat substitute that is not absorbed by the body.’
    • ‘To summarize my personal bias: if history is a banquet, then books like this are Spam (at best) or Olestra (at worst).’
    • ‘It's an annual tradition that, around this time of year, I always feel like somebody fried my brain in Olestra.’
    • ‘Florida's citrus growers have teamed up with the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer health nonprofit group that has regularly attacked Procter & Gamble for its Olestra products.’
    • ‘A: Olestra (trademarked as Olean) is still around.’
    • ‘Many of those efforts, though, have been big disappointments: Aleve pain reliever, Citrus Hill orange juice, the Rely tampon, perhaps even Olestra, 20 years in development but so far slow to catch on.’
    • ‘Not to mention the loss of bowel control by consumers of the fat substitute Olestra, she said.’
    • ‘You remember Olestra, the fat substitute that mimicked the creamy taste and silky-smooth feel of real fat but that wouldn't make you fat.’
    • ‘In the United States three primary artificial fats have been introduced including Olestra, Simplesse, and Stellar.’
    • ‘The national pantry is alternately filled or emptied with butter, then margarine, then olive oil, then nothing, then Olestra, then butter again.’
    • ‘Will functional oil prove to be the nutrition breakthrough we've all been hoping for - or another Olestra disaster?’
    • ‘And Olestra, the fake fat product born of more than two decades and some $25 billion in R&D, has met so much consumer resistance that its marketplace promise has never been fulfilled.’
    • ‘Let's fly off to Finland, far from the long arm of Olestra.’
    • ‘Olestra has an extraordinary avidity for certain fat-soluble substances, far exceeding what one would expect based on the fat substitute's proportion of the diet.’
    • ‘By contrast, when Procter & Gamble, the makers of Olestra, asked the FDA for permission to add its artificial fat substitute to potato chips, the controversial product was evaluated under food-additive laws.’
    • ‘His grandfather invented Olestra, the non-fat cooking oil.’


1980s: from (p)ol(y)est(e)r + the suffix -a.