Monday, January 18, 2010

Are Powdered Fiber Products Good For You?

How do you feel about fibre powders like Metamucil and Benefibre? I thought I would try some Benefibre. The first couple days I was quite gassy but now my system has settled down.
I have noticed I dont feel quite as bloated,and my appetite is reduced. Terry.
Dear Terry,
I think these powders are a great way to get in dietary fiber for those who don't manage to get the 25-35 grams recommended by eating lots of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Serving size is one to three times per day of either a teaspoon or a tablespoon, depending whether the product is flavored or just mixed  into juice.
Some people like the idea of swallowing a pill, and many of the fiber companies make them--but beware the serving size... it's usually between three and six pills per dose, and this can be a lot to swallow three times a day.
The benefits of increasing fiber in your diet include feeling more full, alleviating constipation, and reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancers, especially that of the colon.
Metamucil, being a soluble fiber, also has the beneficial side effect of lowering bad cholesterol levels.

Gas is a common side effect when first increasing fiber intake, but as you have pointed out, our body adapts to that in a short period of time!

1 comment:

  1. I've gotten a few questions re: these powders recently- great information... and great blog!