- What is the ingredient in Benefibre?
The only ingredient in Benefibre is Inulin, a 100% natural soluble vegetable fibre. In fact, this is the only ingredient in the product.
- How is Benefibre powder different than other bulk fibre supplements?
Unlike some other bulk fibre supplements, Benefibre is 100% natural, taste free, dissolves completely in beverages and soft foods, and won't thicken. Benefibre has no artificial flavours, no artificial colours, no artificial sweeteners and no added fillers. Benefibre recently reformulated the ingredient in their product from PHGG to Inulin. This reformulation allows you to get more fibre per teaspoon of powder.
- Why did Benefibre change the ingredient from PHGG to Inulin ?
The new ingredient, Inulin, allows for more fibre per teaspoon of powder. Therefore, you get significantly more servings of fibre in your favourite size bottle of Benefibre.
- What is Inulin?
Inulin is a 100% natural soluble fibre, that is extracted from the chicory root. Common green leafy lettuces, endive and radicchio are also members of the chicory family. Unlike some fibre supplements, Benefibre made with Inulin dissolves completely in water and won't thicken.
- What is PHGG?
PHGG is partially hydrolyzed guar gum, derived from the seed of the cluster bean. Unlike some other fibre supplements, Benefibre made with PHGG dissolves completely in water and won't thicken.
- Can I still use my Benefibre that was made with PHGG?
Absolutely. Benefibre made with PHGG is an excellent source of fibre, is 100% natural source. Also, like the Benefibre with Inulin, PHGG is tasteless, dissolves completely and will not thicken.
- What is the serving size for Benefibre Products?
- What is the serving size for Benefibre Powder?
Each serving of Benefibre Powder with Inulin is 1-2 rounded teaspoons, with 3.2 grams total weight providing 3 grams of fibre per teaspoon. So a serving of 2 teaspoons provides 6 grams of fibre.
- What is the serving size for Benefibre Chewables?
Each serving of Benefibre Chewable Tablets is three tablets and provides 3 grams of fibre.You need to take 6 of the Metamucil*caplet product to get the same 3 grams of fibre.
- How many grams of fibre are there in one serving of Benefibre ?
Benefibre provides 3 grams of fibre per serving for each form (Powder, Chewables), the same as a serving of Metamucil* fibre supplement.
- What is the recommended daily intake of fibre?
The Daily Value of fibre recommended for Canadians is 25 - 35 grams of dietary fibre each day, however most people get less than half of that amount. Incorporating Benefibre as part of a healthy diet can easily help to increase your fibre intake.
- How often can a person take Benefibre Products?
How often can a person take Benefibre Powder?
How often can a person take Benefibre Chewables?
|12 yrs. to adult
||1-2 rounded tsp
||3 times daily (for a total of 9 - 18 grams of Dietary Fibre per day)
|6 to 11 yrs.
||1 rounded tsp
||3 times daily (for a total of 9 grams of Dietary Fibre per day)
|12 yrs. to adult
||Up to 5 times daily (for a total of 5 - 15 grams of Dietary Fibre)
|6 to 11 yrs.
||.5 - 1.5 tablets
||Up to 5 times daily (for a total of 2.5 - 7.5 grams of Dietary Fibre)
|Under 6 yrs.
||Ask a Health Care Professional Prior to Use
- Is Benefibre Powder flavored?
No. Benefibre Powder has no added flavours and can be used in most liquids (except carbonated beverages) and soft foods without changing the taste or texture.
- How many calories does Benefibre Powder provide?
Benefibre Powder provides 5 calories per rounded teaspoon serving.
- Does Benefibre contain fat or cholesterol?
- In what foods and beverages can Benefibre Powder be used?
You can mix Benefibre Powder in any hot or cold beverage such as water, coffee, or juice; into soft foods such as applesauce, pudding or yogurt; or cook with it in recipes for such foods as muffins, sauces, or soups. It will not affect the taste or consistency. Benefibre Powder is not recommended for carbonated or acidic beverages. Dissolves best in warm liquids
- Does cooking with Benefibre Powder alter the effects of the product?
No. You can add Benefibre to recipes without altering the beneficial effects of the fibre and without changing the taste or consistency of the food.
- How long will Benefibre stay fresh?
Benefibre has a shelf life of 3 years from the date of packaging - be sure to check the expiration date on each package before using. It is recommended to use all of the product within 6 months of opening to avoid clumping due to humidity.
- Are there any side effects associated with Benefibre?
As with all fibre supplements, the most common side effect of Benefibre is mild flatulence. Less common side effects can include gastrointestinal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, nausea and stomach pressure with a sensation of fullness. If you experience side effects, try decreasing the amount of Benefibre you are taking. Gradually adding fibre to your diet can help your body get used to it. Consult your doctor for advice if you continue to experience these effects.
- Is Benefibre safe?
Benefibre is generally well tolerated.
- Is Benefibre powder manufactured and packaged in accordance with Health Canada Food & Drug regulations?
- Are there any other ingredients besides inulin in Benefibre powder?
No, Benefibre powder contains only inulin, a 100% natural vegetable fibre extracted from chicory root. There are no added fillers, sugar, artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners.
- What are other sources of inulin?
Examples of commonly consumed foods containing inulin include wheat, onions, garlic, bananas, leeks, artichokes and asparagus.
- What is the difference between the ingredient guar gum vs. inulin?
The fibre source in Benefibre powders and chewable tablets was partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG). The new source of fibre for Benefibre powders is inulin. Inulin has similar characteristics as PHGG: a 100% vegetable base sourced from chicory root. It is a soluble fibre that dissolves completely in water and never thickens
- Does Benefibre bind with food?
- Can you take with medications?
Benefibre is a soluble dietary fibre supplement. It usually does not interfere with medications that can be taken with food. Medications that require an empty stomach should be taken as directed.
- Are there any foods or beverages that Benefibre should not be mixed with?
Benefibre should not be mixed with carbonated or acidic beverages, because the carbonation prevents the fibre from dissolving well, and might also cause foaming. Otherwise, Benefibre can be mixed with any beverage or soft food that allows it to dissolve. Please also note that Benefibre is equally effective as a fibre supplement whether or not you wait for the powder to be fully dissolved.
- I added Benefibre powder to food and put it into the refrigerator. Will the Benefibre in that food still be OK if I eat it later?
Yes, as long as the food is still fresh, the fibre content of Benefibre is generally stable when combined with food products and so should provide the same benefits.
- What types of foods can Benefibre be mixed with?
Benefibre should be added to soft or moist foods that it can be mixed into so that it dissolves. Examples are applesauce, pudding, or yogurt. Benefibre can also be mixed into recipes for foods such as muffins, sauces, or soups. It will not affect the taste or consistency. Benefibre should not be added to dry foods, or eaten in its original dry form.
- Can Benefibre powder be eaten plain?
No, Benefibre powder should always be dissolved in a liquid or food.
*Metamucil is a registered trademark of The Procter & Gamble Company.