Monday, October 5, 2009

Fake fat Olestra finds new use

Remember Proctor & Gamble's invention of olestra, the fat that wasn't supposed to make you fat? Marketed as Olean, it was supposed to slide right through our bodies instead of clinging to our arteries.

But it turned out to do that a little too well. (We all remember the phrase "leakage," don't we?)

Well, according to Scientific American, P&G has found a new use for it, using olestra-like chemicals to make eco-friendly paints and lubricants. The new product line is called Sefose. It just shows that you can't keep a petrochemical down.