{"id":557024804937,"title":"Benefiber Review: A Taste-Free Health Booster?","created_at":"2022-10-05T23:43:03-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Benefiber Review: A Taste-Free Health Booster?\",\n \"keywords\": \"benefiber, benefiber reviews, benefiber review, benefiber vs metamucil, metamucil vs benefiber, benefiber ingredients, benefiber powder, benefiber side effects, benefiber benefits, benefiber gummies, benefiber settlement\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Benefiber Original and Benefiber Gummies to determine if they can improve gut health. We compare Benefiber to Metamucil, and explain whether Benefiber is likely to cause side effects.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/benefiber-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"creator\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"editor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"DJ Mazzoni\",\n \"honorificSuffix\": [\n \"M.S.\",\n \"R.D.\",\n \"C.D.N.\",\n \"C.S.C.S.\"\n ],\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/dj-mazzoni\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/dj-mazzoni-rd-cdn-cscs-00a33038\/\",\n \"http:\/\/djmazzoni.com\/\"\n ],\n \"jobTitle\": \"Medical Reviewer\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"food, nutrition, health, wellness, microbiome, exercise, workouts, strength and conditioning, probiotics, metabolism, obesity, weight loss, science, medical research, clinical trials, cardiovascular health, diet\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"State University of New York College Oswego\",\n \"D’Youville College\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"image\": {\n\"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Benefiber_Thumbnail.png?v=1665028339\",\n\"width\": \"2660\",\n\"height\": \"2660\"\n},\n\"citation\": [\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19215668\/\", \n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/metamucil-review\",\n\"https:\/\/topclassactions.com\/lawsuit-settlements\/closed-settlements\/benefiber-6-5m-class-action-settlement\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.fda.gov\/safety\/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts\/gsk-consumer-healthcare-recalls-benefiber-healthy-shape-prebiotic-fiber-supplement-and-benefiber\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/colon-broom-review\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4352178\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.fakespot.com\/product\/benefiber-fiber-supplement-190-servings-sugar-free-grit-free-722-grams-25-5-oz\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"wheat dextrin\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"plastic contamination\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"weight loss\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"FDA\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Fakespot\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2022-10-05\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"memberOf\": [\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"U.S. Chamber of Commerce\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.uschamber.com\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Certified B Corp\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.bcorporation.net\/en-us\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Natural Products Association\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.npanational.org\/\"\n }\n ], \n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Favicon_48x48_7595c3cc-e27b-47b8-a4fe-edcc7ed9b29a.png?v=1666502785\", \n \"width\": 48,\n \"height\": 48\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Benefiber_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1665027856\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eB\u003c\/span\u003eenefiber is one of the most popular fiber supplements on the market. It’s available in-store at a wide variety of retailers like Target and CVS, and also available online. The brand claims that their supplement is “taste-free” and “nourishes good bacteria.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut what’s actually in Benefiber? Are their fiber gummies any good? How does Benefiber compare with other popular fiber supplements like Metamucil? And are there any questionable additive ingredients in their formulation?\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions by reviewing the ingredients in both Benefiber Original and Benefiber Gummies, and share a real, unsponsored user review of Benefiber including a taste test.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBenefiber Original Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Benefiber_Original_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1665027873\" alt=\"Benefiber Original ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBenefiber Original has one of the simplest formulations of any dietary supplement we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health. The only ingredient is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewheat dextrin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWheat dextrin is a soluble fiber that’s produced from wheat starch, and we consider it to be a healthy option. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19215668\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of International Medical Research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e reviewed data from clinical trials and concluded that soluble fiber supplementation could help improve digestive regularity, increase nutrient absorption from other foods, and help to naturally lower cholesterol. The study authors highlighted wheat dextrin as a particularly effective type of soluble fiber.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn light of this information, we consider Benefiber’s claims about their supplement improving gut health to be accurate.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne interesting fact about wheat dextrin is that although it’s derived from wheat, it’s actually a gluten-free ingredient as the processing removes gluten. This is why Benefiber can accurately advertise that their product is gluten-free.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe cannot locate any other medical studies on wheat dextrin specifically, but \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewe approve of this formulation due to the effective active ingredient and lack of any harmful additive ingredients\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and recommend it to consumers. One of the benefits of Benefiber Original is its relatively low cost. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e190 servings only costs $35.47 on Amazon, which equates to a per-serving cost of $0.19. Each serving only provides 3 grams (g) of fiber, so consumers may want to take a higher dose than one serving, since most medical research we’ve reviewed on fiber supplementation used doses above 10 g daily.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube channel called “DIY Pinto” published a review of Benefiber and a taste test that’s only three minutes long, and may be worth a watch for consumers considering Benefiber who are curious if it’s actually taste-free: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/RPSfLYS8jTU\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBenefiber Vs. Metamucil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMetamucil is arguably the biggest fiber brand, so consumers are often curious about whether Benefiber or Metamucil has a better formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Benefiber to be significantly healthier than Metamucil due to the lack of additive ingredients. As we detailed at length in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/metamucil-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMetamucil reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, Metamucil fiber powder contains questionable additive ingredients like artificial flavor and artificial sweeteners that we recommend avoiding. It’s also more expensive per-serving than Benefiber Original.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe would recommend Benefiber over Metamucil.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBenefiber Legal Issues\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eIn 2021, Benefiber settled a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/topclassactions.com\/lawsuit-settlements\/closed-settlements\/benefiber-6-5m-class-action-settlement\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eclass-action lawsuit\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e for $6.5 million over claims that their supplement is not 100% natural as advertised. In our opinion, this was a relatively frivolous lawsuit, because although wheat dextrin is processed from whole wheat, it’s still an entirely safe and naturally-derived ingredient.  \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThis lawsuit does not change our opinion on Benefiber’s brand or products, but we believe it’s useful information for consumers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe more concerning recent news about Benefiber is that several lots of its product were recently recalled due to plastic contamination\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.fda.gov\/safety\/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts\/gsk-consumer-healthcare-recalls-benefiber-healthy-shape-prebiotic-fiber-supplement-and-benefiber\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eaccording to\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAs detailed in the linked notice, green plastic pieces or shavings were found in some of the products and presented a choking hazard (and an ingestion hazard in our opinion given that plastic should not be consumed). This recall has been completed and this is not an outstanding threat, however we do consider this a red flag about the brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBenefiber Gummies Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Benefiber_Gummies_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1665027951\" alt=\"Benefiber Gummies ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBenefiber sells a gummies product that contains the same fiber dose as their powder, and also contains probiotics. This supplement contains three additive ingredients we recommend avoiding.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSucrose\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an added sugar ingredient. We know from \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/a\u003e that added sugar may be associated with a host of negative health and cognitive outcomes, which is why we recommend avoiding it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNatural flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an ingredient that fails to describe the specific flavoring agents used. While it’s a healthier alternative to artificial flavors, there are still legitimate concerns about the toxicity of some natural flavoring compounds, as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/colon-broom-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eColon Broom reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a flavor enhancer and preservative ingredient that appears to cause inflammatory reactions in a small subset of patients, as shown in a series of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ecase reports\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the Toxicology Reports journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile this supplement may be effective for improving gut health due to the fiber and probiotic, we do not recommend it overall because of the questionable additive ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/llamanaturals.sjv.io\/WDkg63\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLlama Naturals Probiotic \u0026amp; Prebiotic Gummies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as our top gut health gummy supplement. It’s sweetened with fruits like organic mangoes and organic peaches rather than artificial sweeteners, and contains no questionable ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Llama Naturals Probiotic \u0026amp; Prebiotic Gummies \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/llamanaturals.sjv.io\/WDkg63\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoes Benefiber Cause Side Effects?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile any fiber supplement (or high-fiber food) can cause minor digestive side effects such as bloating and indigestion, we consider this risk to be low with Benefiber because its fiber dose is relatively low, and because it’s free of questionable filler ingredients (the powder product is).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the keys to avoiding side effects with fiber supplementation, especially for individuals used to an unhealthy diet low in fiber, is to slowly increase fiber intake. If the goal is to increase fiber intake by 20 g per day, it seems logical to increase by 3 g every day rather than take 20 additional g of fiber the first day, which is more likely to cause discomfort.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverall we do not believe that Benefiber is likely to cause side effects.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Fiber Supplement Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Fiber_Powder_Image_Optimized_c891713a-daf9-41c1-b6b7-0085eebd2ef2.png?v=1664683615\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe fiber supplement we recommend is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=2011129\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=124607\u0026amp;urllink=www%2Esupergut%2Ecom%2Fresistant%2Dstarch%2Dfiber%2Dmix%2F%3Fsku%3D300101%2D1\u0026amp;afftrack=\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSupergut Fiber Mix\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. This supplement provides 8 g fiber per serving (versus the 3.6 g in Colon Broom) and contains no questionable additive ingredients. The only ingredients are a blend of fiber powders including green banana powder resistant starch and resistant potato starch.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4352178\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAdvances in Nutrition\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal analyzed data from various clinical trials and concluded that resistant starch intake was associated with improved gut health, weight loss in overweight and obese individuals, and improved insulin resistance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Supergut Fiber Mix \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=2011129\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=124607\u0026amp;urllink=www%2Esupergut%2Ecom%2Fresistant%2Dstarch%2Dfiber%2Dmix%2F%3Fsku%3D300101%2D1\u0026amp;afftrack=\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Supergut to be a useful fiber supplement for weight loss, but consumers focused more on price may want to choose Benefiber instead because its per-serving price is so low. Benefiber Original can last months even when using multiple daily doses.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eConsumers that are not focused on weight loss but just the gut health benefits of fiber supplementation can check out Benefiber Original at \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3V5kcRO\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethis Amazon link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e where it’s the best-priced.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBenefiber Real Customer Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBenefiber Original has been reviewed over 1,000 times on Amazon, which is a more objective source for customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion. The product has an impressive 4.8 out of 5 star average rating at the time of writing this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBenefiber Original receives a “B” grade \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.fakespot.com\/product\/benefiber-fiber-supplement-190-servings-sugar-free-grit-free-722-grams-25-5-oz\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eon Fakespot\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a software tool that detects potentially fake Amazon reviews. This is a good sign that the reviews are likely legitimate.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Cheri” who claims that the supplement is effective:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“This is an easy tasteless way to add fiber to your diet..It is a little pricey though.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “P. Brown” who claims they received an outdated version of the product:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“I ordered the latest updated Benefiber as shown on line. The Benefiber I received was an old container, even part of the outside was crinkled if it it had been in water. The picture on the outside of the container, showed a spoon in a glass not the updated product photo. Also the product I received did not have the words, No Grit, plus other comments on the newer jar.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3V5kcRO\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBenefiber Original\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and consider it to be one of the best fiber supplements on the market, especially for consumers on a budget. It only has one single ingredient which has been proven in medical research to enhance gut health, and is free of any questionable additives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not recommend Benefiber Gummies because they contain several additive ingredients we recommend avoiding. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBenefiber recently settled a class-action lawsuit over allegations that their marketing claims were false, and plastic pieces were found in some of their products that had to be recalled.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not believe that Benefiber is likely to cause side effects, and consider it to be a simple, cheap and convenient way to increase fiber intake that does actually appear to be taste-free based on real user reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-10-05T23:56:25-04:00","updated_at":"2022-10-23T02:41:48-04:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in Benefiber Original and Benefiber Gummies to determine if they can improve gut health. We compare Benefiber to Metamucil, and explain whether Benefiber is likely to cause side effects.","template_suffix":"","handle":"benefiber-review","tags":"_related:fiber, _related:gut-health"}

Benefiber Review: A Taste-Free Health Booster?

Benefiber Review: A Taste-Free Health Booster?


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Benefiber is one of the most popular fiber supplements on the market. It’s available in-store at a wide variety of retailers like Target and CVS, and also available online. The brand claims that their supplement is “taste-free” and “nourishes good bacteria.”

But what’s actually in Benefiber? Are their fiber gummies any good? How does Benefiber compare with other popular fiber supplements like Metamucil? And are there any questionable additive ingredients in their formulation?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions by reviewing the ingredients in both Benefiber Original and Benefiber Gummies, and share a real, unsponsored user review of Benefiber including a taste test.

Benefiber Original Ingredient Review

Benefiber Original ingredients

Benefiber Original has one of the simplest formulations of any dietary supplement we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health. The only ingredient is wheat dextrin.

Wheat dextrin is a soluble fiber that’s produced from wheat starch, and we consider it to be a healthy option. A medical review published in the Journal of International Medical Research reviewed data from clinical trials and concluded that soluble fiber supplementation could help improve digestive regularity, increase nutrient absorption from other foods, and help to naturally lower cholesterol. The study authors highlighted wheat dextrin as a particularly effective type of soluble fiber.

In light of this information, we consider Benefiber’s claims about their supplement improving gut health to be accurate.

One interesting fact about wheat dextrin is that although it’s derived from wheat, it’s actually a gluten-free ingredient as the processing removes gluten. This is why Benefiber can accurately advertise that their product is gluten-free.

We cannot locate any other medical studies on wheat dextrin specifically, but we approve of this formulation due to the effective active ingredient and lack of any harmful additive ingredients, and recommend it to consumers. One of the benefits of Benefiber Original is its relatively low cost. 

190 servings only costs $35.47 on Amazon, which equates to a per-serving cost of $0.19. Each serving only provides 3 grams (g) of fiber, so consumers may want to take a higher dose than one serving, since most medical research we’ve reviewed on fiber supplementation used doses above 10 g daily.

A YouTube channel called “DIY Pinto” published a review of Benefiber and a taste test that’s only three minutes long, and may be worth a watch for consumers considering Benefiber who are curious if it’s actually taste-free: 

Benefiber Vs. Metamucil

Metamucil is arguably the biggest fiber brand, so consumers are often curious about whether Benefiber or Metamucil has a better formulation.

We consider Benefiber to be significantly healthier than Metamucil due to the lack of additive ingredients. As we detailed at length in our Metamucil reviews article, Metamucil fiber powder contains questionable additive ingredients like artificial flavor and artificial sweeteners that we recommend avoiding. It’s also more expensive per-serving than Benefiber Original.

We would recommend Benefiber over Metamucil.

Benefiber Legal Issues

In 2021, Benefiber settled a class-action lawsuit for $6.5 million over claims that their supplement is not 100% natural as advertised. In our opinion, this was a relatively frivolous lawsuit, because although wheat dextrin is processed from whole wheat, it’s still an entirely safe and naturally-derived ingredient.  

This lawsuit does not change our opinion on Benefiber’s brand or products, but we believe it’s useful information for consumers.

The more concerning recent news about Benefiber is that several lots of its product were recently recalled due to plastic contaminationaccording to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As detailed in the linked notice, green plastic pieces or shavings were found in some of the products and presented a choking hazard (and an ingestion hazard in our opinion given that plastic should not be consumed). This recall has been completed and this is not an outstanding threat, however we do consider this a red flag about the brand.

Benefiber Gummies Review

Benefiber Gummies ingredients

Benefiber sells a gummies product that contains the same fiber dose as their powder, and also contains probiotics. This supplement contains three additive ingredients we recommend avoiding.

Sucrose is an added sugar ingredient. We know from medical research that added sugar may be associated with a host of negative health and cognitive outcomes, which is why we recommend avoiding it.

Natural flavors is an ingredient that fails to describe the specific flavoring agents used. While it’s a healthier alternative to artificial flavors, there are still legitimate concerns about the toxicity of some natural flavoring compounds, as we documented in our Colon Broom reviews article.

Citric acid is a flavor enhancer and preservative ingredient that appears to cause inflammatory reactions in a small subset of patients, as shown in a series of case reports published in the Toxicology Reports journal.

While this supplement may be effective for improving gut health due to the fiber and probiotic, we do not recommend it overall because of the questionable additive ingredients.

We recommend Llama Naturals Probiotic & Prebiotic Gummies as our top gut health gummy supplement. It’s sweetened with fruits like organic mangoes and organic peaches rather than artificial sweeteners, and contains no questionable ingredients.

Interested consumers can check out Llama Naturals Probiotic & Prebiotic Gummies at this link.

Does Benefiber Cause Side Effects?

While any fiber supplement (or high-fiber food) can cause minor digestive side effects such as bloating and indigestion, we consider this risk to be low with Benefiber because its fiber dose is relatively low, and because it’s free of questionable filler ingredients (the powder product is).

One of the keys to avoiding side effects with fiber supplementation, especially for individuals used to an unhealthy diet low in fiber, is to slowly increase fiber intake. If the goal is to increase fiber intake by 20 g per day, it seems logical to increase by 3 g every day rather than take 20 additional g of fiber the first day, which is more likely to cause discomfort.

Overall we do not believe that Benefiber is likely to cause side effects.

Our Fiber Supplement Recommendation

The fiber supplement we recommend is Supergut Fiber Mix. This supplement provides 8 g fiber per serving (versus the 3.6 g in Colon Broom) and contains no questionable additive ingredients. The only ingredients are a blend of fiber powders including green banana powder resistant starch and resistant potato starch.

A medical review published in the Advances in Nutrition journal analyzed data from various clinical trials and concluded that resistant starch intake was associated with improved gut health, weight loss in overweight and obese individuals, and improved insulin resistance.

Interested consumers can check out Supergut Fiber Mix at this link.

We consider Supergut to be a useful fiber supplement for weight loss, but consumers focused more on price may want to choose Benefiber instead because its per-serving price is so low. Benefiber Original can last months even when using multiple daily doses.

Consumers that are not focused on weight loss but just the gut health benefits of fiber supplementation can check out Benefiber Original at this Amazon link where it’s the best-priced.

Benefiber Real Customer Reviews

Benefiber Original has been reviewed over 1,000 times on Amazon, which is a more objective source for customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion. The product has an impressive 4.8 out of 5 star average rating at the time of writing this article.

Benefiber Original receives a “B” grade on Fakespot, which is a software tool that detects potentially fake Amazon reviews. This is a good sign that the reviews are likely legitimate.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Cheri” who claims that the supplement is effective:

“This is an easy tasteless way to add fiber to your diet..It is a little pricey though.”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “P. Brown” who claims they received an outdated version of the product:

“I ordered the latest updated Benefiber as shown on line. The Benefiber I received was an old container, even part of the outside was crinkled if it it had been in water. The picture on the outside of the container, showed a spoon in a glass not the updated product photo. Also the product I received did not have the words, No Grit, plus other comments on the newer jar.”

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Conclusion

We recommend Benefiber Original and consider it to be one of the best fiber supplements on the market, especially for consumers on a budget. It only has one single ingredient which has been proven in medical research to enhance gut health, and is free of any questionable additives.

We do not recommend Benefiber Gummies because they contain several additive ingredients we recommend avoiding. 

Benefiber recently settled a class-action lawsuit over allegations that their marketing claims were false, and plastic pieces were found in some of their products that had to be recalled.

We do not believe that Benefiber is likely to cause side effects, and consider it to be a simple, cheap and convenient way to increase fiber intake that does actually appear to be taste-free based on real user reviews.




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