Fiber Choice Product Review

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In the Fiber choice commercial, fitness model Shannon Leroux tells us why she likes Fiber choice.  She tells us that although she loves fruits and vegetables, because they are the natural sources of dietary fiber.  Then she tells us that usually it is difficult to get 25 to 30 grams of fiber from food alone hence she takes fiber choice to get the daily requirement of dietary fiber.  Then she goes on to tell that fiber choice is her preferred choice since it is chewable fiber made from natural fruits and vegetables.  Also, the fiber content is more than 4 times the fiber pro.  In the end she tells that fiber choice is a tasty option to get fiber.

This commercial got me interested in knowing more about fiber choice so I decided to research little bit more.

How Much Fiber is present In Fiber Choice

The main fiber ingredient in fiber choice and it is mostly sold as tablet or gummies.  Here is the fiber quantity in the various products of Fiber Choice.  Mostly each tablet or gummy contained around 1.5 grams of fiber and recommended dose each time is 2 gummies or around 3 grams.  Fiber choice considers 25 grams as the recommended dose for a day hence 3 grams or two gummies adds up to around 12 % of the daily recommended value.

Fiber Choice® chewable tablets Sugar free Nutrition List

For a serving of 2 tablets

Amount/Serving                     %DV

Carbs                                          2%

Soluble Fiber                            12%

Vitamin A                                  40%

Vitamin C  23 mg                      45%

Vitamin E  27 mg                      45%

Fiber Choice® Bone Health with Calcium and Vitamin D

Nutrition List

For a serving of 2 tablets

Amount/Serving                     %DV

Carbs          6g                            2%

Dietary Fiber                           12%

Soluble Fiber 3g                      12%

Vitamin D                                 50%

Calcium  500 mg                     50%

Fiber Choice® Immunity Support Gummy Gummy Nutrition List

For a serving of 2 tablets

Amount/Serving                     %DV

Carbs                                          2%

Soluble Fiber                            12%

Vitamin C                                  30%

Sugar                                         1g

Fiber Choice® Fruity Bites Metabolism + Energy Support Gummies Nutrition List

For a serving of 2 tablets

Amount/Serving                     %DV

Carbs       4g                                2%

Soluble Fiber   3 g                    12%

Vitamin B6      15 mg             750%

Vitamin B12   50 mcg            800%

Sugar                                         1g

Fiber Choice® Flavor Drops Nutrition List

For a serving of 1.5 tea spoon

Amount/Serving                     %DV

Carbs       5g                                2%

Soluble Fiber   3 g                    12%

Sugar                                         0g

Fiber Choice® Immunity Support Nutrition List

For a serving of 2 gummies

Amount/Serving                     %DV

Carbs       4g                                2%

Soluble Fiber   3 g                    12%

Vitamin C      30 mg                 30%

Sugar             1 g

Ingredients in Fiber Choice

Inulin – The most common and the core of any fiber choice product is inulin.  Apart from inulin depending on the product it could contain artificial sweeteners, colors, Vitamin supplements and of food additives such as dextrose to make it more edible and increase the taste.  I checked the labels and found the following ingredients for the various products in the Fiber Choice product family.   This is present in almost all Fiber Choice products as this is the primary fiber.

Pectin – Fiber Choice Metabolism and Energy contains another fiber called pectin.  Pectin is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables.  Citrus fruits are good sources of pectin.  Like inulin, pectin is also a soluble fiber which means it dissolves in water.  Pectin can reduce bad cholesterol by binding with cholesterol and eliminating them.  It also reduces absorption of sugar into the blood from the food being digested.  This is present in Fiber Choice energy and metabolism product.

Sorbitol – It is a sugar alcohol with sweet taste.  It is added to foods and supplements as sweetening agent.  It is metabolized slowly by humans. This is present in Fiber Choice Chewable sugar free and bone health product.  All product which are sugar free contain this ingredient.

Dextrose – It is a sugar obtained from starches and this is also used to sweeten foods like Sorbitol.  It is widely used in food industry as it is affordable and leaves a cooling effect when eaten.

Citric acid – It is and organic acid and present mainly in citrus fruits.  It provides a sour taste and added to many foods for enhancing the taste. This is present in Fiber Choice chewable product.

Magnesium Stearate –  It is a chemical used mostly for its anti -adherent properties while manufacturing of drugs so that they do not stick to the equipment in which they are being manufactured.

Calcium Carbonate – It is used as calcium supplement to provide calcium for bone health or other medical condition.  It is also used and prescribed as antacid.  This is present in Fiber Choice Bone Health product.

Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) – Vitamin D is essential for the body to absorb Calcium and Phosphorus which are essential for bone and joint health.  Body can prepare its own Vitamin D from sunlight. However in winters many people remain deficient in Vitamin D which causes them bone & joint problems and body aches.  Vitamin D supplement can help them avoid this problem.  This is present in Fiber Choice Bone Health product.

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) – Pyrodoxine is a form of Vitamin B6 and it has key role in increasing metabolism of amino acids, lipids and glucose.  This helps in ability to use the glucose and improves energy.  This compound is also useful for neurotransmitter synthesis which is key to nerve and brain function.  It also helps in increasing hemoglobin.  This is present in Fiber Choice Metabolism and Energy product.

Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12) – Cyanocobalamin is a form of Vitamin B12 which helps improves metabolism and improves the blood and cell health.  If you are deficient in Vitamin B12 it can cause poor digestive health and anemia as well as damage to nerves.  Taking this supplement can improve conditions such as anemia as well as kidney and liver disease. This is present in Fiber Choice Metabolism and Energy product.

Fiber Choice® Chewable tablets Sugar free contains the following ingredients –

  • Inulin
  • Sorbitol
  • Corn starch
  • Microcrystalline cellulose
  • Dextrose
  • Citric acid
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Natural/artificial flavors
  • FD&C red no. 40 lake
  • FD&C blue no. 2 lake
  • FD&C blue no. 1 lake
  • FD&C yellow no. 5 lake.

Fiber Choice® Bone Health with Calcium and Vitamin D Ingredients

  • Inulin (a natural vegetable fiber)
  • Sorbitol
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Citric acid
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Artificial flavors
  • FD&C red no. 40 lake
  • FD&C blue no. 2 lake
  • Cholecalciferol (Vit. D3)

Fiber Choice® Metabolism + Energy Support Gummies Ingredients

  • Inulin (a natural vegetable fiber) sugar
  • Pectin
  • Citric acid
  • Sodium citrate
  • Natural flavors (passion fruit, mango, guava, other natural flavors)
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
  • Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
  • Natural colors (annatto, black carrot)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Carnauba wax

Fiber Choice® Flavor Drops Ingredients

  • Soluble Corn Fiber
  • Water
  • Citric Acid
  • FD&C Yellow no. 6
  • Natural Flavor
  • Sucralose
  • Potassium Sorbate

Fiber Choice® Immunity Support Ingredients

  • Inulin (natural vegetable fiber) sugar
  • Pectin
  • Citric acid
  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • Sodium citrate
  • Natural flavors (pineapple, lemon, orange, other natural flavors)
  • Natural colors (annatto)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Carnauba wax

What is the Main Fiber in Fiber Choice

Fiber choice is a dietary supplement product which is primarily based on inulin.  Inulin is a dietary fiber which is primarily extracted from chicory plant.  The inulin fiber like other fibers cannot be digested by human digestive system.  When you take inulin fiber it is transferred to the small intestine and digested by the gut bacteria which has many beneficial properties.

Inulin Fiber

fiber choiceInulin is a soluble fiber which means it can dissolve in water and the provide bulk to the stool in the intestines which helps in clearing and cleaning them.  That means they are also good for constipation.

Inulin is considered as prebiotic since they feed the friendly bacteria in the gut hence helping them grow and stay healthy.  When the healthy bacteria increases, it helps in acting as probiotic which help in keeping the body healthy and improving the digestive health.

What are Prebiotics?

Prebiotic is relatively lesser known compared to Probiotics.  However prebiotics are not same as probiotics.  Before we try to understand what are probiotics. let us try to know little bit about probiotics.  Probiotics are friendly bacteria which reside in out intestines.

They have many health benefits and also and produce essential molecule called Butyrate which is a short chain fatty acid.  Short chain fatty acids such as Butyrate helps in building colon cell walls hence maintains colon health.  They are also anti carcinogenic and and reduces inflammation.  They also kill the cancerous cells in the colon and this process is called apoptosis.

So What are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are food for the probiotics or the gut bacteria. The gut bacteria feeds on the dietary fiber and ferment it.  The dietary fiber cannot be digested by human body and it is passed on undigested in the colon.  In the colon it becomes fodder for the gut bacteria (probiotic).  So having more dietary fiber in the food, helps in improving population of the healthy gut bacteria.  Fiber choice contains Inulin which is a dietary fiber hence it acts as prebiotic.

To summarize, prebiotics act as fertilizer for the healthy bacteria.  The good thing is once you intake fiber in form of food they are are not destroyed by acid in out stomach.  Hence when you take more dietary fiber, your colon becomes healthier and your overall health also improves.

Can Fiber Choice Help You Control and Manage Weight

I checked the Fiber Choice commercials and I did not see any claims that this product helps in weight reduction.  The commercials relied on the assumption that most people are aware that fiber is essential for good health.  Hence for supplement Fiber Choice is ideal choice.

However it is also a well known fact that fiber is essential for good health and one of the benefits is its ability to help reduce obesity and help you control your weight.  Any dietary fiber and supplement usually reduce the cravings which stops over eating.

Fiber also prevents rapid rise of blood sugar as they cannot be digested by our digestive system.  Slow release of sugar from digested foods into the blood stream helps in managing the insulin levels in the blood.  When blood sugar levels do not get elevated too fast, there are blood sugar does not get converted to fats which are deposited in out body leading to obesity.

Since Fiber Choice contains inulin, which is a soluble fiber it does have the ability to help you control and manage your weight.   In case your food is fiber deficient and you take Fiber Choice it may additionally help you in weight management.

Who Is Fiber Choice Ideal For

As per the commercials, Fiber choice is ideal for those who are looking for fiber supplements for good health and like a convenient and cheweable option which tastes good.  It may be applicable for people who may be taking good and healthy food but still not able to fulfill their fiber needs.

What Are the Side Effects of Fiber Choice?

Like any other food supplement fiber choice also has some side effects.  Though this may not be applicable to everybody.  Side effects of Fiber choice are seen in some people which may include bloating and cramps in the abdomen, formation of gas, nausea and diarrhea.

These symptoms are more likely to happen in people who suffer from IBS.  This is more likely to happen in “Fiber ChoiceBone Health with Calcium and Vitamin D Ingredients” and “Fiber choice chewable tablets Sugar free” since they contain sorbitol as sweetening agent which may trigger these symptoms.

As a general rule if you starting on any fiber supplement including fiber choice you should start gradually.  You should start with low dose and then keep on increasing each week.  Else you may find bloating or cramps.  If you start with small dose and gradually increase it your body will get more time to adjust and reduce the chances of side effects.

For fiber choice it is good to start with one tablet in the morning and one in the evening.  If that also causes problem then start with just one table or gummy in the day.

The main fiber ingredient in Fiber Choice in Inulin.  The common side effect of inulin is mentioned above.  However some people have allergy to inulin which can cause extra side effects such as Esophagus blockage, stool blockage, inflammation of the skin, itching and rashes.  If you suffer from any such symptom contact your doctor and stop taking fiber choice.

Fiber Choice Review of Actual Users

I tried fiber choice gummies and found them tasty.  I did not have the side effects as observed by many people.  However I went and tried to find feedback of people who have taken the supplements and here are some of the reviews.

Negative Reviews of Fiber Choice

Review 1

Source – http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drugreview-148835-fiber+choice+oral.aspx?drugid=148835&drugname=fiber+choice+oral

I started taking fiber choice weight management on the advice of my doctor. on the carton, it says you can take up to five a day. i was taking 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. i had the worst bloating and gas pains ever. i asked my doctor and he said to start taking 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening. i am still having horrible gas. i tried gas-x and that did not even help. why would a fiber supplement have this sort of side effect. and unfortunately for me, i purchased at least 7 bottles because they were on sale. bad idea. wasted a lot of money.

Review 2

Source – https://www.amazon.com/Fiberchoice-Prebiotic-Fiber-Chewable-Assorted/product-reviews/B000FKJZK6/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterByStar=one_star&reviewerType=avp_only_reviews&showViewpoints=0

I was delighted when I bought it and hoped to add good health. I overlooked reading the ingredients. I was saddened to see how easily they use the FD&C colors that are not the best for anyone’s health. I threw the entire bottle into the trash. Now I use Fiber Advance Gummies, no coloring added available at Walmart and elsewhere.

Positive Reviews of Fiber Choice

Review 1

Source – http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drugreview-148835-fiber+choice+oral.aspx?drugid=148835&drugname=fiber+choice+oral

I started taking Fiber Choice about three years ago after my doctor recommend that I started taking a fiber supplement after a colonoscopy.I’ve had no problems since I started taking Fiber Choice, although it did give me gas at first. I then started taking one tablet in the morning and one before bed. That reduced the gas problem.

Review 2

Source – https://www.amazon.com/Fiberchoice-Prebiotic-Fiber-Chewable-Assorted/dp/B000FKJZK6

If you are in need of fiber this is the best way to get your fiber needs since provides soluble fiber (for those who have no idea what this means it is a type of fiber that is found in fruits and vegetables and is the type that is easily digested, insoluble is found in breads and grains which is more difficult to digest so for those who neglected to take their fiber soluble is the best way to go). The tablets taste fine, it’s like candy though don’t expect to be the best tasting candy, think of it as the best tasting supplement you’ve taken so far. Also, it will leave your mouth on the dry side so make sure you drink water afterwards. Other than that this provides you with 4g per serving. Highly recommended for everyone since everyone needs fiber daily

Source – https://www.amazon.com/Fiberchoice-Prebiotic-Fiber-Chewable-Assorted/dp/B000FKJZK6

I’m a huge fan of these pills. I like good, strong bowel movements, and these pills really let the good times roll. Even if you get enough fiber in your normal diet, I recommend these pills. Like lighting a fuse on a poo firecracker!

Source – https://www.amazon.com/Fiberchoice-Prebiotic-Fiber-Chewable-Assorted/dp/B000FKJZK6

These are great especially if you are one that does not eat a lot of fiber. No messy powders. Just pop two a day in your mouth and your set! You can’t beat the price for two bottles! If you go to the store you will pay a lot more!

Source – https://www.amazon.com/Fiberchoice-Prebiotic-Fiber-Chewable-Assorted/dp/B000FKJZK6

Good price on a good product. These taste good and are easy to eat and digest. I have not experienced any gastrointestinal issues, only positive results. A very esay way to increase your fiber intake.

 

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