Benefiber is a supplemental fibre product that can be added to food and drink to increase the amount of fibre in your diet. It comes in powder, caplets, tablets and flavoured-powder sticks. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and nutritional guru Bob Greene officially claims to recommend it to patients. Benefiber can be purchased in different sizes and can be found at most grocery and health food stores.
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What is it?
Benefiber is a tasteless, sugar-free fibre powder made from 100 per cent natural fibre. It is intended to be added to drinks or food to increase the intake of fibre in your diet. It dissolves completely into a drink and does not flavour it or change its texture. Its main ingredient is wheat dextrin, which is natural and soluble. Even though it is considered gluten-free by the FDA, people with gluten intolerance should consult a doctor before consuming it, as it does contain 20 ppm of gluten.
People are supposed to get around 25 grams of fibre in their diets, but most only get about half that. Therefore, Benefiber is a way to incorporate more fibre without having to alter your diet much. The main benefits of fibre are helping the digestive track, protecting against types of cancer, and helping prevent heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Though originally created as a plain taste-free powder, Benefiber comes in a variety of products. You can get chewable tablets, caplets and stick-packs, which provide different flavour options. These different types of Benefiber came out in 2008 as a way to boost sales. They offer the same benefits as the original products.
Benefiber recently became officially partnered with Bob Greene, a best-selling author and nutritional guru. His brand is Best Life, which acquired most of its fame through a partnership with Oprah Winfrey. Bob Greene now appears on the Benefiber website (benefiber.com). He also promotes Benefiber through his own website (thebestlife.com) and literature, claiming he recommends the product to all his clients.
Benefiber can be found in grocery stores and health food stores. It comes in sizes varying from 20 servings to 190 servings. Though it cannot be purchased on the Benefiber website, there are several coupons you can print there and use in a store.
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