My doctor recommends Bioactive Trufiber (you can get it on Amazon) - it's only 15 calories and no sugar. I don't have IBS so I don't know if it would work for your needs, but it works for what I use it for.
Metamucil is 100% natural psyllium fiber which is a source of soluble fiber. Psyllium fiber comes from the outer coating, or "husk" of the psyllium plant's seeds similar to fiber found in grains such as oats and barley. The amount of soluble fiber in psyllium is nearly 5X higher than that of oat bran.
100 grams of psyllium = 50 grams of soluble fiber 100 grams of oat bran = 5 grams of soluble fiber
So for this reason, trying to make it work in your diet to help with your IBS but with the sugar free variety since you would need to eat a lot of other soluble fiber sources to make up the difference.
How much sugar is "quite a bit"? I don't let a little sugar bother me. Just surround it with friendly foods that balance your sugars. If you want a better alternative, look up some naturally high-fiber foods, such as beans, whole grains and fruit. Check out this table for more information. www.mayoclinic.org/high-fiber-foods/art-20 050948
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After I was diagnosed with IBS, my dr. recommended I take Metamucil twice a day. While I don't do this everyday, I do it quite often. I just realized today (since I've taken to reading the ingredients of all my food now!) that its 45 calories a serving and has quite a bit of sugar. Is there a better alternative, or is that not too bad in the long run?
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