What are Fat Replacers
Fat replacers are a new type of food-substitute. Typically made from starches, gums or cellulose, fat replacers are used to manufacture lower-fat and lower-calorie versions of regular high-fat foods. In other words, fat replacers allow consumers to enjoy lower fat versions of their favorite foods, whilst meeting dietary recommendations for calories, cholesterol and reduced fat intake.
What are Fat Replacers Made From
Most fat replacers currently in use are reformulations of existing food ingredients (e.g., starches, gums, cellulose). Fat replacers generally fall into one of three categories - carb-based, protein-based, or fat-based.
Are Fat Replacers Safe
Most fat replacers in use today are derived from existing food ingredients whose safety has been established over long-term use.
What Foods Contain Fat Replacers
Foods containing fat-replacers includes: frozen desserts, processed meats, cheeses, sour cream, salad dressings, snack chips and baked goods. As you might expect, fat replacers are frequently used as fat-substitutes in products with a high fat content.
How Many Calories do Fat Replacers Have?
The calorie-content of fat replacers varies. Carbohydrates and proteins have 4 calories per gram while fats have 9 calories per gram. Thus carb-based fat replacers contain four calories per gram but many provide significantly fewer calories, often only one calorie per gram, as used (mixed with water). Cellulose contains zero calories per gram. Fat-based fat replacers have 6-9 calories per gram but are typically used in very small amounts. Other fat-based fat replacers (eg. Olestra) provide few or no calories.
Do Fat Replacers Really Help Weight Loss
The use of fat replacers means fewer calories, therefore: (1) Weight loss becomes easier, and (2) Calorie-controlled weight loss diets may now include (fat-replacer) versions of popular high-fat foods, which makes these diets easier to follow over the long term.
However, more weight loss studies are needed to explore the full weight loss benefits of using foods containing fat-replacers.
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