Frequently asked questions

What is fibre?

Dietary fibre is the part of a plant which is not digested. It is found in cereals, fruits and vegetables. One of the roles of fibre is to keep the digestive system healthy.

There are two types of fibre:

  • Soluble fibre dissolves in water and can help restore regularity. Good sources include oats, barley, psyllium husks and lentils.
  • Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water and moves through your digestive system quickly and largely intact. Good sources include wheat bran, whole-grain cereals, breads and many vegetables.

The secret to getting enough fibre is to eat a well-balanced diet, which includes a variety of foods and boosting your fibre intake daily with Benefiber.

Why is fibre important?

Fibre is important in maintaining digestive health. Diets high in fibre improve the health of the digestive system by adding bulk and attracting water. This allows the faeces to pass easily.

How much fibre do I need?

Did you know most Australians do not consume enough fibre? On average, most Australian adults only consume 50% of their recommended daily fibre intake. The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council refer to adequate intake (AI) of dietary fibre as:

Recommended Daily Fibre Intake

Age Male Female
18+years 30 g/day 25 g/day
14-18years 28 g/day 22 g/day
9-13years 24 g/day 20 g/day
4-8years 18 g/day 18 g/day
1-3years 14 g/day 14 g/day

NHMRC 2019

What is Wheat Dextrin?

Wheat Dextrin is a soluble dietary fibre made from wheat. Benefiber is 100% Wheat Dextrin.

Is it ok to use Benefiber every day?

Yes, you can use Benefiber every day; simply follow the directions on the label.

What are the serving suggestions for Benefiber ?

Having a sufficient amount of fibre in your diet will help manage regularity in a natural way.

Recommended daily serving

Age Servings
12 years to Adult 2 teaspoons twice daily
Can work up to a maximum of 8 tsp/day
4 to 11 years 2 teaspoons once a day

Stir 2 teaspoons of Benefiber powder into at least ½ cup of any beverage or soft food (hot or cold). Stir well until dissolved. Not recommended for carbonated beverages. The recommended serving size (2 teaspoons) contains 3 g of soluble fibre.

Can I get all my daily fibre needs from Benefiber ?

A supplement should not replace a balanced diet. Even though you can have multiple servings of Benefiber daily, use it to boost your fibre intake only. It is important to note, fibre intake should be increased slowly over a period of time. A sudden, large intake of dietary fibre can cause gas and abdominal pain.

Do you need to drink more water when you take Benefiber ?

Because fibre absorbs water, you should increase your water intake. It is always a good idea to drink plenty of fluids, but no need to drink an excessive amount. Start by trying to drink an extra glass of water a day.

Can Benefiber be given to children?

Benefiber can be given to children 4 years and over. For children under 4, consult a healthcare professional.

Does Benefiber lose its nutritional benefits after cooking?

Benefiber is heat-stable. It will retain all its nutritional benefits after cooking.

Are there any dietary/allergy considerations I should be aware of?

Benefiber is a wheat product so it is not suited to people with a wheat allergy.

Can Benefiber be given to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers?

For pregnant and lactating women, fibre is an important component of a balanced diet. The Australia National Health and Medical Research Council recommend pregnant and lactating woman increase their adequate intake (AI) of dietary fibre to:

Recommended Daily Fibre Intake

Daily fibre intake
Pregnancy 28 g/day
Lactation 30 g/day

NHMRC 2019


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References:

  1. Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand 2019
Benefiber is a source of soluble fibre

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