Metamucil Pink Lemonade, designed not only as a laxative, can alternatively be used as a fiber supplement. How does the Pink Lemonade flavor measure up to the Berry Burst variety? Is it really smooth?
I had a few free samples of Metamucil in the cabinet that I forgot about and were about to expire. I tried Metamucil Berry Burst yesterday and was pleasantly surprised with the flavor and smoothness of the drink. Today I tried Metamucil Pink Lemonade, which is designed not only as a laxative, but can alternatively be used as a fiber supplement. How does the Pink Lemonade flavor measure up to the Berry Burst variety?
Flavor, Texture, and Appearance
The Metamucil Pink Lemonade (Smooth Texture) is a sugar free powder that needs to be mixed with at least 8 ounces of water (or another liquid). I decided to try water. The color of the powder was a pale grayish yellow. When mixed with water, the color of the drink is a light pink. It looked good and smelled very much like lemonade.
I was expecting a thick, chalky liquid like from many years ago when Grandmom used to use similar products on occasion, but it was better than that. It did have a thicker, almost bumpy feeling as I drank it. Even though it seemed to dissolve fully and I mixed it well before drinking, there was a slight film adhering to the glass as I drank it which clearly contained granules from the powder. I had to keep stirring it constantly and still noticed a small amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass as well.
The flavor was okay but quite sour with an aftertaste. I definitely prefer the Berry Burst flavor of Metamucil over this one! This flavor was too sour and it was difficult for me to finish one glass of it.
Active Ingredient: Psyllium Husk
Psyllium husk is the active ingredient in Metamucil powder products. It's derived from crushed seeds of an herb native to Asia, the Mediterranean and North Africa, and is rich in soluble fiber (just like oats, flax seeds, wheat, and barley are). Psyllium husk may help to further reduce cholesterol and risk of heart disease when incorporated into a healthy diet.
Since psyllium husk is a type of fiber, it can help relieve constipation naturally. Psyllium has also been shown to act "as prebiotics - aiding to heal the inner lining of the inflamed intestines," according to HealthCastle.com: Psyllium Husk for High Cholesterol and Heart Disease.
Metamucil Pink Lemonade as a Laxative
According to the Metamucil website, "Metamucil contains a bulk-forming fiber without any chemical stimulants. The active ingredient, psyllium, is a harvested grain that absorbs and holds moisture. This causes the psyllium to swell, supplying the necessary bulk to help form an easily eliminated stool. Metamucil will not cause immediate evacuation but generally produces an effect in 12 to 72 hours."
The dosing for laxative and fiber supplement are very similar. This product is safe for adults and children over the age of 6. For adults, the product can be mixed with at least 8 ounces of fluid and taken up to three times daily.
I was able to find Metamucil Pink Lemonade online and in popular retailers for between $11 and $15 for a 23 ounce container of the powder mix. This size container provides over 100 servings, so if you take it three times a day as a supplement, it will last at least a month.
Some people may be allergic to psyllium, so anyone sensitive to inhaled or ingested psyllium should consult their physician before trying this product. Metamucil Pink Lemonade also contains phenylalanine, an artificial sweetener that some people cannot ingest. The label warns to always mix with at least 8 ounces of liquid and cautions that "taking this product without enough liquid may cause choking."
One final warning for those on prescription medications: you might want to take your pills an hour or two prior to or after consuming this product because it may reduce the efficacy and rate of absorption of your normal prescriptions.
Available Forms of Metamucil
Metamucil is available as a powder to mix with liquids in a variety of flavors such as Berry Burst, Pink Lemonade, and Orange. Metamucil also produces capsules to consume and fiber wafers for those who prefer not to drink the liquid form of fiber. Metamucil is available in both "smooth" and "coarse" textures depending upon your preference. All Metamucil products, except the wafers, are gluten free and have a low glycemic index, so they have a fairly low impact on blood sugar levels.
All Metamucil products are safe to take any time of the day, with or without food, as long as the proper amount of liquid is used and directions are followed. Consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns about taking this product.
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