Because some fats in foods have been shown to negatively affect wellness, especially if consumed in excessive amounts, many health organizations have suggested that consumers reduce their dietary fat intake. Reducing total fat intake can lessen the risk of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease and some cancers. Since fat contains 9 cal/g whereas protein and carbohydrate contain 4 cal/g, fats can play a significant role in weight gain. Fat replacers are ingredients used in the manufacturing of processed foods to substitute for fats and oils in these same foods. Until the advent of fat replacers, consumers were faced with excluding fat-containing foods to lower their dietary fat intake, a recommendation deemed unacceptable and difficult to achieve by many. Hence, fat replacers can play ...

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