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Aug 22

Dietary Fiber Supplements

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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.

Frugal dad – focusing my money and energy towards happiness and the things that matter most since around 1985.

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1 comment

  1. Betty

    I have taken psyllium husk for quite some time now and appreciate not having the added expense or the additives.

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