Pros: sugar free, taste free, no thickening and quick to dissolve
Cons: none for me
After having surgery for colorectal cancer and chemotherapy to make sure the culprit was gone my surgeon suggested that I add a fiber supplement to my diet. Luckily, I had some coupons for Benefiber so that is what I decided to purchase when I went to the store. There are a lot of these supplements to choose from so I am glad I had a coupon for the Benefiber which made the selection much easier.
Benefiber comes in powder, tablets and individual packets. I chose the smallest size powder which was 2.8 ounces. I didnt want to get anything larger in case I didnt like it. A 2.8 ounce container contains 20 servings. The powder sounded more appealing to me since it is claimed to be non-thickening, taste free and grit free. I had my reservations about taking this but was very pleasantly surprised when I had my first serving. I put it in my 100% cranberry juice for breakfast the first time I used it. A serving is 2 teaspoons full. After putting it in my juice a few quick stirs with a spoon had the powdered completely dissolved. I sipped cautiously at first wondering just what this was going to do to my cranberry juice. Surprise! It did nothing to my juice. No taste, no grit! I didnt gulp down the juice so it sat there while I consumed my cereal and there was, as they claim, no thickening. I havent tried it in my coffee and dont think I will be doing that even though it is suppose to be good in hot foods there is just something about putting it in my coffee that doesnt set well with me. I settled for using it in my 100% cranberry or 100% grape juice.
Benefiber is made from wheat dextrin (since 2006 they changed from guar gum to dextrin) and they claim it contains no gluten, but the container does mention that there is less than 10ppm of gluten so if you are allergic to gluten it might be best to stay clear of this product. It is also sugar free and contains only 15 calories per serving. Benefiber has no sodium and only 4 carbohydrates. The fiber content of Benefiber is 3 g of dietary fiber and 3 g of soluble fiber.
Benefiber is also good for cooking soft foods. I have used it in cakes and cookies but only a couple of times. It did not change the appearance, texture or taste of the cake or cookies. I dont bake very often so this is not a reliable way for me to use Benefiber. I try to remember to use it when cooking but often forget to put it in. However, the foods I have used it in dont change in texture or taste.
Directions for use: Stir 2 teaspoons of Benefiber into 4-8 ounces of any beverage or soft food (hot or cold). Stir until dissolved. It is not recommended for carbonated beverages.
They recommend that you ask your doctor about giving it to anyone under the age of 6. Persons 7 to 11 can use 1 teaspoon 3 times a day and persons 12 and older can use 2 teaspoons 3 times a day.
Benefiber guarantees your satisfaction or your money back. If you have any questions you may call 1-800-452-0051 24 hours a day, seven days a week or you may visit them on the web at www.benefiber.com for recipe ideas or additional information.
I have had no adverse reactions to using Benefiber so will continue using it since it does help me to stay regular. Since my initial purchase I have only purchased the 2.8 ounce container since I have had $2.00 coupons and purchasing the smaller sizes with coupons gives me more for my money.