Benefiber is a water soluble natural fiber, which is sugar-free and taste-free. It can easily dissolve in non-carbonated beverages as well as soft foods. American Dietetic Association recommends that average adults should consume between 20 and 35 g of fiber every day. Fibers are primarily derived from plant foods.
There are two kinds of fibers – insoluble and soluble fibers. Benefiber falls into the soluble category where as Metamucil falls into insoluble category of fibers. Many times fibers we get from food are not sufficient and in such cases you can meet that daily recommended value with fiber supplements, while keeping the digestive tract and bowel movements regular. Benefiber is available in powder, chew-able or capsule form.
Wheat Dextrin in Benefiber
Wheat dextrin is the active and principal ingredient in Benefiber. It can be easily dissolved and consumed in any hot or cold beverage, including water, coffee or juice. This property make is very easy to take this fiber as compared to Metamucil, since many people do not find it easy to consume the thick gel like formation once Metamucil is added to water.
The Benefiber powder contains less than 20 ppm gluten. Wheat Dextrin has many beneficial properties towards health including its ability to regulate the digestive system, stabilizing your blood sugar levels, increase micro nutrient absorption and lowering the serum lipids levels. These were found in study in a study conducted by U.S. National Institutes of Health, in January 2009. It was concluded that supplementation with soluble fibers like Benefiber actually lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Different Flavors of Benefiber Ingredients
Benefiber is sold in many different flavors which include: orange, wild berry, kiwi strawberry, citrus punch, raspberry tea and cherry pomegranate. Since the flavors are not natural, there are many ingredients added to create these artificial flavors. These ingredients include citric acid, maltodextrin, aspartame, natural flavors and potassium citrate. Depending on the flavor, varying ingredients may also be present like tea extract, acesulfame, potassium, FD&C yellow 5 and 6, and sucralose. The chewable and powder Benefiber may include calcium — in the form of calcium carbonate — and B vitamins for a heart healthy version.
Now a days there is a raging debate surrounding aspartame consumption. Many believe that Aspartame can cause Cancer. U.S. Food and Drug Administration various complaints concerning aspartame side effects. We would recommend using the unflavored Benefiber since it provides the same amounts of Wheat Dextrin without aspartame.
Recommended Benefiber Dose
Benefiber can be taken by children 6 and older. Obviously adults can also safely take Benefiber. According to Drugs.com normally children 12 years and older as well as adults can take 2 tsp. three times daily. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 should take 1 tsp. three times daily. Benefiber also has an original, unflavored child version.
If you plan on taking the chewable tablets here are the dose recommended – Up to 3 chewable tablets for adults, three times per day. Children 6 to 11 years old can take up to 1 1/2 tablets, three times a day.
If you child is under 6 years old you should get physician’s approval and dosing suggestion.