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Oil that your body can't process is exactly what it is -- it's called "wax ester," and the percent contained in escolar is among the highest in existence, I think up around 50%, which therefore must be a big contributor to the quality of the flavor, that heavenly, buttery effect. All luxuries in moderation though; I experienced the gross thing just once, when I was a little overabundant in the quantity I ate, which happened also to be on an occasion when I had been eating a mostly vegan diet, so my stomach was pretty empty. The worst thing about it is that it is literally bright orange, that oil, and stains fabric like nothing I've ever seen. I didn't feel badly at all though, no aches or pains, just a little shocked -- I have to wonder if people haven't had other symptoms psychosomatically, since seeing the oil is likely to trigger memories of actual food poisoning experiences.

I've never seen any medical information stating dangers of ingesting wax ester, only that it can't be absorbed by the body, making the leakage a completely appropriate response, but its removal from restaurant menus sort of an over-the-top response. I guess it's easier for various governments to ban it, than to explain in detail to the public the exact nature of the situation. "It's just an indigestible oil, you're fine..." Who knows, it may have a cleansing effect. ;)

Jun 03, 2010
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You can get escolar in good sushi restaurants in any big city in the US. It doesn't always appear on the menu by the same name, and usually only on the a la carte menu, since ingesting larger amounts of it as one would in an entree is inadvisable. Since the name varies depending on the region you're in, it pays to have the waiter confirm with the chef if they don't seem sure whether their white tuna is escolar or albacore. The quality really varies regionally as well -- you can get the absolutely freshest, best escolar in South Florida, whereas even in the best NYC sushi restaurants I'll only ever start with one order of a la carte (just one or two pieces) since invariably it doesn't match up.

May 29, 2010
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