No-Calorie Powder May Substitute for Food’s Fat
George E. Inglett of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biopolymer
Research Unit in Peoria III invented a no-calorie fat substitute called Z-Trim.
It is a mix of crushed fibers made from the hulls of grains. It can replace the
and ground beef. He spent three years trying to perfect Z-Trim to be smooth
the hulls with a solution of hydrogen peroxide. He washed the peroxide off in
centrifuge. After this step it was still too large, so he put the pieces back
gel by adding water.
Inglett also developed Oatrim. This is made up of a digestible fiber
that you should eat more of the kind of fibers that make up Z-Trim to reduce
the chances of getting intestinal disorders.
substitute. “I wouldn’t expect Z-Trim to have the same kinds of problems as
olestra,” says Margo Wootan, a senior scientist at the Center for Science in the
stability” of foods containing Z-Trim. “Whenever you remove the lipid material
If you want to replace fat in food, Inglett says, only 3 safe no-calorie
possibilities exist: water, air, and fiber. “You don’t sell anybody air, you
don’t sell anybody water, but you can sell people Z-Trim.