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How Fake Fats Can Still Make You Fat

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Potato Chip Fake Fat Study

Why is it that we can't find super healthy ways of making the best tasting bad-for-us food??

It's a shame, but, according to some new studies, the attempt to make bad-for-us foods not-so-bad isn't really working, especially if they're using certain kinds of fake fat!

This is how it's been tested so far:

Researchers from Purdue University conducted an experiment in which they divided rats into two groups: one was fed a diet of high-fat rat pellets and the other standard low-fat chow. Both groups of rats were further divided. Half of each group was given regular high-fat Pringles potato chips along with their rat food; the other half of each group was sometimes given regular Pringles and other times given low-cal Pringles Light potato chips, which are made with the synthetic fat substitute olestra. (Olestra passes through the body without being digested, so it's got zero calories.)

And the results?

Not only did the researchers find that the rats fed the light chips ate more overall, they gained more weight and fat than the rats that only got the full-fat chips!

And the biggest bummer of it?

Those rats didn't lose weight after the fake-fat chips were stopped being given to them!

It hasn't really been tested on humans yet, and the similarities of results could be tricky to guess, but the scientists are convinced that it's extremely likely the same thing will happen.

Might as well just stick to the healthier foods for now, guys! We're still not hitting the optimal "tastes like bad food but is good for you" target!

We can hope! Ha!

[Image via AP Images.]

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