As I mentioned in my blog about Metamucil, many of us who are trying to lose weight are also fighting some of the side effects of being overweight like heart disease, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes or even full blown Type II Diabetes. Fiber, any fiber, can help us in this battle with our weight and with the accompanying health conditions.
The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine recommends that women under 50 get a minimum of 25 grams of fiber a day. Whether it is soluble or insoluble fiber doesn’t really matter. You just need to get that fiber. So unless you’re eating tons of beans or eight apples every day, my guess is that you need to add some fiber to your diet.
One of the reasons many people opt out of taking a supplement like Metamucil is because they don’t like the gritty feeling when they swallow it. Well, that’s fiber, my friends! Anyway, the people who make Benefiber have found a solution to that.
Benefiber has no grit, is sugar free and flavor free. You can add it to virtually anything you consume. If you mix it with a liquid, it won’t gel like Metamucil will. You can add it to anything you cook or bake. You can even add it to your coffee!
The only thing I don’t really care for is the price of Benefiber. It costs a bit more than a similar sized container of Metamucil and you need to take two teaspoons of Benefiber to get as much fiber as one teaspoon of Metamucil. For the sake of frugality, I go with the grit.
Unless you’re one of those dieting divas who actually enjoys crunching on carrot and celery sticks and eats apple slices with peanut butter with their afternoon green tea, you should really consider adding a fiber supplement to your daily routine. Give it a try. You just might notice a positive change in how you feel and how much you weigh!