05-05-2012 10:03 AM
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05-05-2012 10:25 AM
LisaMarie, as far as I know Metamucil will not lower you blood sugar at all and many of the flavors and brands have sugar in them.
I do think that it is advertised to help lower cholesterol. I think that is because it has the water soluble fiber called psyllium or something like that.
Google Metamucil and blood glucose, see what you find.
05-05-2012 10:46 AM
I thought I would try this for a while to see if the extra fiber helped keep the bg lower. Been doing it for a week. Before that I was using Benefiber. My sister said she liked Metamucil better because it tasted like orange juice. Well, since oj is on my no no list, this sounded good. No noticible bg difference. However, I've gained 3 lbbs and feel gassy and bloated. So, sissy is gonna get a free large size container of Metamucil. It didnt taste great either. Tbe Benefiber doesn't taste gritty nor does it bloat me up. Anybody have any comments on fiber supplement? I am mad about the lbs too! Been keeping up the program this week as far as diet so that is not fair. Twice around the block this week.
I don't think it would cause weight gain, maybe it's fluid. Here's some more "fiber" information, but lowering BG has to do with fiber with food: click below
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05-06-2012 06:50 PM - edited 05-06-2012 06:54 PM
I did google metamucil and lowering bg. I found quite a bit on it.
Interesting. Would you mind posting some of the urls? I have never seen any claims for a blood glucose benefit, nor have I noticed that effect myself.
My problem with bloating could be that i needed to start with a little at first then build up. I will back off a couple days till i feel better. Then try a half dose. See if that keeps me regular without problems. There were some credible looking reports stating psyllium husk taken with full glass of water will reduce the post prandial bg rise. I am working off my Nook E Reader so i cannot paste in the site. Cant vouch for their truth or not. But I will give it another trial week or two. Won't hurt. Might help. I will post my success or failure. And maybe all those cinnamon muffins made with Barbs BAKING MIX added to the digestive disturbance. Maybe a little tooo much fiber. Although my bg has been doing well. Just not spectular. Those muffins and pancakes did not spike me at all. I cant eat them all at once, a third at a time. Because one batch makes a huge muffin. Except the batch of pancake. I ate that. Man that was gooood! It onlly uses 1/4 cup so not as large a serving. Anyhow thanks for the info and enjoy your weekend!!!! I have 18 month old Ivy Rose with me and ... talk about spectacular..she is the ultimate ham. She is my motivation to keep healthy.
Consider an alternative. Metamucil is actually just flavoured expensive psyllium husks in a liquid. I buy the psyllium husks from a health food store and add them sparingly to other foods; for example: Psyllium, Fibre, Muesli and Nuts
It does not bloat me but does wonders for morning regularity. Possibly a small amount could be included in Barb's baking mix, but I've never experimented with it that way. It can become gluey if used to excess in some recipes.
05-07-2012 08:43 AM
I found a few links to LiveStrong and The University of Maryland....
Both of these Links seem to rely on this study that was Published in the NEJM
This is a interesting subject.....
05-07-2012 12:32 PM
I found the report from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that came from this link. Hope it works.
I have a pdf of the report that I have (hopefully) attached.
There is another article on the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, www.jdcjournal.com,
The Metamucil I take is in powder form. It is sugar free and orange flavored. The reason I chose it was because of the orange flavor, kind of like orange juice. In tasting it, not so much. But will keep testing to see if it lowers the spikes like these articles say.
Carl, you found some of the other sites I looked at as well.
There was plenty out there on it, and yes, it is interesting. I don't there there are any miracles here, but perhaps a chance for some improvement on the bg numbers.
Alan, you are much more savvy on these things, so you may have more to say about the sites and reports. You're input is always appreciated. I'm a relative newby here.
I'm giving it a week or two and will keep a chart and let you how or if it affects the post-prandial bg's.
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