Will taking a fiber supplement help me stay full?
Asked by lcatalano28 on Feb 20, 2010 in Nutrition



For example, will Metamucil make me feel full?


Answer

High fiber supplements – and high fiber foods like whole grains, legumes, and produce with the skins and seeds intact – do slow down digestion to help people feel full longer.  To eat less at meals, some people take 1 to 2 teaspoons of Metamucil with a glass of water about 15 minutes before the start of the meal.  Others eat Metamucil wafers in-between meals to stay full.  But for high fiber supplements like the psyllium (Metamucil) to work, each dose must be accompanied by 8 ounces of water.  Water makes the fiber expand and pushes it through the system.  Water soluble fiber works better than water insoluble fiber to promote fullness.


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