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Can you Drink Your Fiber?

By March 29, 2009 - 2:42pm
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I had always thought fiber was the part of fruits and vegetables that were the "roughage", and now I'm seeing fiber in powder form. For instance, I just saw an ad that Benefiber has a powder to add to water, and there is fiber found in some capsule forms.

Is this the same kind of fiber found in eating fruits & vegetables? Does it act the same in the body, and have the same health benefits (and weight-loss benefits)?

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I looked up Benefiber powder, and the fiber is from "wheat dextrin", and a serving size provides (only) 3 grams of dietary fiber. I'm not sure what the cost is, but it may make more financial sense to buy produce that is often cheaper, has more fiber per serving, plus other nutrients. I'm assuming this is the same as Metamucil, Fibersure and other brands. However, if you are wanting to add some "punch" to your water, I am unsure about the pros and cons of adding fiber from wheat dextrin. I'll do some more research, and hopefully we'll hear back from others.

Some folks are talking about how the wheat or corn is manufactured or processed for the dextrin to be extracted (not sure if this is the proper term?). I've seen the ingredient "maltodextrin" much more frequently.

Interesting question about fiber...are all fibers created equal? Is it better to just get the fiber "naturally" from fruits, veggies and grains without the added processing? I have more questions than answers, unfortunately.

March 29, 2009 - 8:33pm
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