Low Fat Tortilla Chips Made With Olestra

ORAC Value:
μ mol TE/100g.

The antioxidant value of Low Fat Tortilla Chips Made With Olestra described in ORAC units is: 1,549 μ mol TE/100g.


In 1996 the FDA approved Olestra as a zero calorie, fat-free food substitute for fat. It was most commonly used as chips with "WOW" branding on the bag in big letters. As is the case with many artificial ingredients, later on we realized what a disaster it was, winning a spot in Time Magazine's 50 Worst Inventions list of 2010 due to it interfering with the body's absorption of vitamins and nutrients and terrible gastrointestinal side effects like gas, bloating, and painful cramping. Twenty years later in 2016 it remained legal, but hardly anyone uses it anymore.

ORAC Source

USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2 - Prepared by Nutrient Data Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - May 2010