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1GROVES2 Posts: 10,391
1/8/13 11:04 A

I think maybe I was over-estimating how much fiber is in Metamucil, plus I was using the member entered and it was not accurate...I also changed my cereal and did not realize that the new cereal was so much lower in fiber, (it said "good source" on the box). I am entering my own nuitrition content, changing back to my old cereal and seeing if that will make a difference.
Thanks for in-put

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1/7/13 4:30 P

I think you are overestimating the amount of fiber that your fiber supplement has. Metamucil only has 3 grams of fiber per scoop which isn't much at all. It says to take 3 times per day but that still only puts you at 9 grams of fiber which isn't much at all compared to the amount of fiber you get from beans or fiber granola bars or Fiber One cereal or other things.

CAH-RD Posts: 1,084
1/7/13 3:39 P

Mine are usually quite accurate, but I be sure that they are. I try to enter as many of my own foods as possible and when I don't know, I make sure that the foods I'm selecting have those ingredients listed. Fiber is usually a better one, but say you wanted to track Vitamin E - it's going to be very uncommon for listings in SP to list Vitamin E content as those people entering their foods don't see it on the label. I'm assuming this is what is happeneing - you're selecting some foods with fiber not even listed.

Also note that most fiber supplements only have 1-2 grams of fiber per serving. It's really not a lot. I nearly never recommend them for my patients because you can get that amount by eating a small apple, etc. Why take supplements? (I'm by no means saying to stop if it was suggested by your doctor!) Four servings of fruits & veggies is also pretty low. I'd suggest aiming for 6-9 daily. If you're aiming for more fruits/veggies, eating mostly whole grains & consuming beans/lentils, etc you should have no problem.

Edited by: CAH-RD at: 1/7/2013 (15:39)
1/7/13 1:43 P

Do share the entries that you feel are not reflecting accurate information---and I can share more.

( you can use the report button, and our team will investigate errors as well).

SP Dietitian Becky

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1/7/13 12:25 P

Are you using any user-entered data? Not all entries contain all nutritional information, especially when you use entries from other users. sometimes, they only put the calories or nutrients they care about.

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1/7/13 12:18 P

No, I don't have a problem with that....the range they gave me is 25-35 and I get at least 25 almost every day. I do verify that every entry I input has the correct amount though. Maybe that's where the problem is... some of the entries you're using don't have the correct amount of fiber entered?

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,391
1/7/13 12:04 P

Thanks, but......OK..............I did not mean I needed advice on getting fiber, the nuitrition tracker must be off is what I meant. It seems I either am wwwaaaayyyyyyyyy under or wwwwaaaayyyyyyyyyyy over, and I rarely have much of a change in my eating.

I wondered if anyone else has had a problem with the tracker not with getting enough fiber.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
1/5/13 10:04 A

I bought some Fiber One cereal lately that had something like 11 grams of fiber in a serving (one cup). I eat a lot of fiber already so I liked getting this (it was called something like 'Raisin bran clusters') but if you eat low-fiber, it may take some getting used to. Very tasty, though.

I saw this recipe on the Fiber One website, but you can probably make up your own:

Add high-fiber (not sugary) cereal to meat loaf. I've done this with steel-cut oatmeal (cooked the oatmeal first) and it also is tasty.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 1/5/2013 (10:07)
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1/4/13 4:58 P

Try adding chia and/or ground flax seed to your diet - great fiber sources that also help you feel full longer. If you add flax seed make sure you buy whole and grind it yourself as the preground flax becomes rancid quickly.

1/4/13 4:40 P

Depending on your fruit and veggie selections (4 servings) is going to provide about 8 grams of fiber. What amount is your supplement providing?

Are you trying to reach 25 grams daily?
What is your typical intake?

Beans, lentils, legumes will give you about 7 grams/serving.

To give more helpful tips, we would need to see your nutrition tracker. Let me know if you need the steps to make it public.
Dietitian Becky

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1/4/13 2:44 P

Perhaps your chosen supplement isn't supplying enough? Also, maybe try getting fiber through other sources, like whole grain bread or pasta. I know 2oz of whole grain Barilla pasta has like 8 grams of fiber in it. I have fiber granola bars (Kellogg's Fiber Plus) that are only 120 calories, and have 9 grams of fiber. Also they have Thomas English Muffins that are only 100 calories but 6 grams of fiber. I believe this "kind" of fiber isn't as good as the kind you get from fruits & veggies, but it helps.

Also, look at the kinds of fruits and veggies you eat, and maybe try switching them out for ones that are more fiber rich. Here's a pretty good list:

RKING10 Posts: 152
1/4/13 2:32 P

Maybe you could tell us how much fiber you're supposed to be getting and what you are getting? The other thing to is if you are trying to eat a lot of fiber-it'll be important to Incorporate it throughout your day in all of your foods-not just within fruits and veggies and supplements.

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,391
1/4/13 2:09 P

yes, I put the Metamucil labeling info in and track how many capsules I take each day. The past 2 days I have ended up with less than half of my daily requirements for fiber.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/4/13 1:51 P

are you tracking the fiber in the supplements? At one time I was tracking my vitamin supplements. I believe Metamucil has a nutrition label on it. Input the info into SP and track them.

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,391
1/4/13 1:46 P

My gastroenterologist advised me to take a fiber supplement, so I take at least 3 Metamucil capsule everyday, as directed. I also eat 2 servings of fruits and 2 of veggies everyday, but the nutrition site always says I am way below on fiber. I mean really low, why is that? and has anyone else had a problem like this?

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