Learn more about Calorease with FBCx by reading the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
What is Calorease? What is FBCx?
Calorease is a dietary supplement containing the primary ingredient FBCx. FBCx is a patented, dietary fiber with a fat-binding capacity. Unlike any other fat-binding fibers, it was shown in the laboratory to complex up to 9 times its own weight of dietary fat.†
What is Calorease made from? What does it contain?
Calorease is made of FBCx, a soluble fiber enzymatically derived from corn starch. One Calorease tablet contains 1 gram of the FBCx fiber.
Does Calorease contain stimulants?
Calorease does not contain stimulants.
Does Calorease contain gluten?
No. Calorease with FBCx is gluten-free. It also contains no lactose, yeast, wheat, sugar, salt, egg, soy, dairy, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.
Does Calorease contain any allergens?
Calorease does not contain gluten, lactose, yeast, sugar, salt, egg, soy, dairy, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives. Calorease is enzymatically derived from corn starch. People allergic to corn should not take Calorease.
Can I take Calorease if I am vegan?
Yes. Calorease is suitable for vegans.
Is Calorease Kosher and Halal?
Although FBCx, the primary ingredient in Calorease is certified Kosher and Halal, Calorease FBCx is not currently certified.
Who discovered FBCx?
Alpha-cyclodextrin was discovered in 1891. The weight management benefit of FBCx (alpha-cyclodextrin) was discovered by two professors from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Department of Pathology, of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
They discovered the effects of FBCx (alpha-cyclodextrin) on weight and serum lipids while doing studies as faculty at Wayne State University. A pure research project to satisfy the curious minds of scholars turned out to be much more exciting than they had dreamed. The original research project with an obese animal model revealed that FBCx binds dietary fat at a high ratio, preventing absorption of the fat calories. It also showed the beneficial effects of FBCx on body weight management. These beneficial effects have been further supported by clinical trials.
How do I use Calorease?
Calorease with FBCx binds with dietary fat in the stomach, duodenum, and ileum before fat can be broken down for absorption by the enzyme lipase. In order for Calorease to assist you with weight management, you must take it with food. It is recommended that you take two tablets of Calorease with each fat-containing meal, every day. This is a total of six tablets per day. Additionally, Calorease can be also taken with fat-containing snacks.
When do I take Calorease?
Take Calorease with FBCx with a fat-containing meal or snack.
How do I determine how much fat is in my meals?
For most of us, the average daily fat intake is about 100 grams. Fat is an essential part of a balanced and nutritious diet. Fatty meals that would be most appropriate to accompany with Calorease would be those containing foods such as butter, milk, cheese, ice cream and other full-fat dairy products; beef, pork, lamb, veal, chicken fat, or other non-lean meats; and fat-containing snacks including some crackers, cookies, shortening, potato chips, some frozen foods, doughnuts, cake, and candy.
Do I have to change my diet?
Calorease works best when combined with a healthy diet. Calorease is not a license to overeat, nor is it a magic bullet.
Does Calorease treat all fats equally?
Even though Calorease with FBCx can bind and help reduce fat absorbed from food, an animal study conducted by professors at the University of Minnesota demonstrated that Calorease binds preferentially with saturated fat.
Can Calorease be useful if I am at a normal weight/BMI index?
Yes. You don’t need to take it with every meal if you have a normal weight. However, when you splurge or enjoy holiday meals and overeating is anticipated, you can take Calorease to reduce absorption of the extra fats you consumed.†
What are the health benefits of Calorease, other than weight management?
Calorease assists in supporting healthy blood lipids, such as triglycerides.†
Calorease may help promote gastrointestinal regularity.†
Are there any negative reactions to Calorease?
Calorease has superior fat-binding properties compared to typical dietary fibers, and contains the dietary fiber FBCx. If you take too much or don’t take it with a meal or snack containing fat, you may experience intestinal upset or flatulence. When taken as recommended – two tablets with fat-containing meals/snacks three times a day – no negative effects have been reported.
Will I get diarrhea or some other messy side effects?
Unlike other weight management products, Calorease binds to the fat in food so that it will not be digested by the enzymes in your small intestine. No messy side effects such as explosive diarrhea and anal leakage that are common with some pharmaceutical products have been observed in clinical studies with Calorease.
What happens if Calorease is taken with a fat-free meal?
If a meal contains no fat, then there is no need to take Calorease with FBCx. Otherwise there may be intestinal upset or flatulence.
Is Calorease safe?
The FDA has designated the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status to FBCx alpha-cyclodextrin, the fiber ingredient in Calorease.
How long can I take Calorease?
Calorease has not been subjected to long-term studies. As a dietary fiber, most of Calorease with FBCx is not absorbed into your body, and there are no concerns about toxicity or tolerance. If you reach your weight management goals, you may wish to lower your intake or just take it during dietary indiscretions, like holiday meals.
Does Calorease just stay in your digestive tract and get excreted or does some get digested?
Calorease will be eliminated together with bound fat. It is a dietary fiber, most of which is not absorbed in the small intestine. When the Calorease-fat compound enters the colon some of it is metabolized by the colonic microbiota and some is excreted.
Are there health warnings?
Calorease doesn’t have any health warnings. Instructions to “Keep out of the reach of children” serve as a precaution.
Has Calorease been approved by the FDA?
The FDA does not approve dietary supplements. FBCx is a dietary supplement and is compliant with FDA regulations.
What happens if I forget to take Calorease with one of my meals?
We recommend that you save it for your next fat-containing meal or snack.
Is Calorease safe to take with prescription drugs?
We are not aware of any reports of adverse events from taking Calorease with prescription drugs. If you have concerns you should talk to your health professional.
Is Calorease safe to take if I have high blood pressure?
Calorease has no adverse effect on ambulatory blood pressure.
Can I take Calorease when I am pregnant or nursing?
We do not recommend pregnant or nursing women take Calorease.
Does Calorease alter the absorption of fat soluble vitamins?
The answer to this is not known. In early laboratory studies, alpha-cyclodextrin did not to bind to any significant extent with fat-soluble vitamins. Calorease is intended to be used to reduce the burden of unhealthy fats in the diet. It is not intended to be taken at the same time as fat-soluble dietary supplements, or meals containing high-levels of desirable fats, such as Omega-3 EFAs. This is strictly precautionary advice, as no adverse effects on beneficial fats have been observed with Calorease.
Should I avoid a high fiber diet while taking Calorease?
There is no need to avoid a high fiber diet.
Does the fiber in Calorease count as part of my daily fiber intake?
Yes, Calorease with FBCx can be counted as part of your daily fiber intake. The majority of us consume only about half of the recommended daily fiber intake.
Are there more studies underway?
SFI is committed to ongoing clinical trials for FBCx, the primary ingredient within Calorease.