Anyone tried Z-trim fat replacement?
I read about this. The recipes are surprisingly hi-fat. Like for creamy chicken, you mix chicken with cream of chicken soup and mayo (or something like that) *plus* Z-trim. Supposely you can substitute half the fat in your recipe with z-trim. They say it's made up of fiber. I was wondering if you could fry with it.
I've tried Z-trim, and no, it doesn't have the laxative effects of an Olean (the WOW chips stuff) product. Unfortunately you also can't fry in it -- it's a water-based gel, and lends itself best to dairy based items where creamy mouthfeel is important. That said, you supposedly also can bake with it, though I haven't tried that yet.
If Z-Trim wants their product to be successful, they're going to have to spend more time developing better recipes. As you mentioned, the ones they currently have on their website from "Stella", their chef, are poorly written, and poorly constructed overall. Too many of the baked goods recipes are based around cake and cookie mixes, and they really don't sound that appealing. For real fun, try searching for Z-trim on YouTube. Stella's glee at saving you 5 grams of fat and 60 calories by replacing an egg with Z-trim, while dumping 4 tablespoons of oil (48 grams of fat, 480 calories) into some boxed brownie mix, is priceless :)
No, I haven't tried it. I say stay away because my SO, who is in medicine, laughs at these types of things. He took a look at Z Trim and said 'Of course you feel full. It's fiber!" Eating whole grains and incorporating foods with fiber, vitamins and minerals is always better for your health than any supplement you can take. Your body just processes it more efficiently if it is naturally in the food you eat.
Supplements/replacements are not successful in the long run. Eating right and exercising is the only solution. Even the Z Trim website has a small disclaimer that says "For best results, use in conjunction with a low-calorie diet and exercise program." In other words, you can see results without dishing out money on some gimmick.