I try to supplement my dietary fiber each day. It makes me feel like I’m being good to my body. Dietary fiber supplement manufacturers like Metamucil (owned by Proctor & Gamble) point out a variety of health benefits including promoting digestive health (keeping your bowels healthy and working regularly) as well as lowering cholesterol and improving blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The benefits of taking a dietary fiber supplement make a lot of sense to me.
How does the thrifty shopper get the most for their frugal health dollar? Here’s a hint: look at the ingredients of Metamucil. You got it? Yes, that’s right; the main ingredient is psyllium husks. Metamucil adds things like tasty gelatin, exquisite Polysorbate 80, and the divine Yellow 6 Lake. The kicker is that you can buy pure and simple psyllium husks for about $4-5/Kg at many mainstream grocery stores and local health food stores. At my local drugstore, Metamucil will set you back over three times that amount ($16.99 for just under one kilogram of the powder). This seems like a very large mark-up to me. I can think of a lot of better uses for that money.
You can use the plain husks just like you would Metamucil; sprinkle them over your breakfast cereal, add them to a smoothie, to a bowl of fruit and yogurt, or whatever else you can think of. They don’t really taste like anything so you can probably find a lot of creative new ways to add fiber to the things that you eat.
There we go again offering a better solution (fiber without all of the additives) for a lower cost. Yet another froogalism brought to you by the froogalist!
Thanks for the idea, mom. Keep them coming.