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Fat is sooo good and science can't do a dang thing about it

Fat, I wish I knew how to quit you.

french fries in a deep fryer

Fat is pretty hard to fake.

Every January, fat's in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. What’s fat good for? How do we get it to go where we want it to? Where does it wander when it’s lost? This, my friends, is Fat Month.

One of my most vivid childhood memories revolves around willfully subjecting myself to stomach cramps and explosive diarrhea. Yes, like so many ‘90s children-of-the-calorie-conscious, I basically ate my weight in whenever possible. The Frito Lay snack line replaced fat with a zero-calorie substitute called . This feat of chemical engineering mimicked the mouthfeel and taste of oils usually found in junk) it had the unfortunate side effect of sliding right through you and busting rather obnoxiously out the other end.

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