Medicine: Capsules: Jul. 26, 1982


In diet-conscious America, when one fad falls, the next amazing shrinking cure is always on its way. And at Procter & Gamble right now they are talking about a new substance that can create a creamy-rich milkshake or a buttery spread that is not the least bit fattening. It is a zero-calorie dead ringer for dietary fat called sucrose polyester (SPE), and last week researchers at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center reported SPE's first successful test. The compound contains eight fatty acids instead of the three that make up ordinary fats. As a result, digestive enzymes cannot...

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