Below we take an in-depth look to see whether this fibre based gummy supplement can aid weight loss, or merely aid digestion.
Vitafusion have created a range of wellness supplements in the form of gummies; these sugar free sweets are designed to be tastier and more pleasant than capsules or pills, whilst still providing nutritional benefits. Fiber Well is one of these gummy products, containing 5 grams of soluble fibre per two gummy serving. There is another product in the range that is very similar; Fiber Well Fit, also a fibre based gummy supplement, but it also contains B vitamins.
Vitafusion is the brand that consists of Fiber Well Gummies and numerous other gummy products. The brand is owned by Church & Dwight Co., an American company who can be contacted via their official website.
As a fibre supplement, take two gummies per day.
The manufacturers describe the product as follows:
The soluble fibre in Vitafusion Fiber Well aids in digestive health, supports regularity and provides a prebiotic effect in the gut. With great tasting natural fruit flavours, adding fibre to your diet has never been easier.
Each serving of two gummies contains 5 grams of soluble fibre. Soluble fibre pulls in water to form a gel in the digestive tract. This slows digestion, so your stomach and intestine do not absorb as much of some nutrients, like starch and sugar. As a result, cholesterol levels go down over time, which may help prevent heart disease and stroke. Consuming soluble fibre may also improve glucose tolerance in people with diabetes.
This type of fibre is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter laxatives.
One version of the product, called Vitafusion Fiber Well Fit also contains ‘6 high potency B vitamins to support fat, carb and protein metabolism as well as cellular energy’.
The main active ingredient in Vitafusion Fiber Well Gummies is soluble fibre, which may improve digestion. Because soluble fibre absorbs water, it may be that it slows digestion and helps to fill up the stomach, acting as a mild appetite suppressant. The soluble fibre used in this product is polydextrose, which is also known as ‘faux fibre’ as it is not naturally occurring.
Polydextrose does appear to have a beneficial effect upon bacteria in the intestines; research is still preliminary, but it appears to increase the level of Bacteroidetes, which tend to be high in leaner individuals.
There is another, very similarly named product from Vitafusion called Fiber Well Fit that contains 5 grams of fibre per two gummy serving, but also contains a range of B vitamins as well. For people who are already taking a B vitamin supplement, they could consider replacing the use of the two separate products with Fiber Well Fit. Customers who take Fiber Well Fit should not take any other B vitamin supplements, as the product contains high levels of B12, as well as 100% of the RDA for several other B vitamins. Over-supplementation of vitamins can lead to side effects.
Soluble fibre will increase the consumer’s bowel movements, including their size as it adds bulk. Gas and stomach cramps could also occur. Soluble fibre absorbs water, and so could also help to treat mild diarrhoea. Consumers who are dehydrated could experience constipation whilst using this product.
Customers should also ensure that they do not consume too much fibre, either from their diet or from taking too many of these gummies (which some consumers note are very tasty and more-ish). Studies suggest that diets containing more than 50 grams of fibre per day can interfere with vitamin absorption and the absorption of other nutrients. This could cause health problems if this level of fibre consumption is followed for the long term.
Because fibre slows down digestion, it may decrease the rate at which some drugs are absorbed. Never take fibre supplements directly alongside medications for depression, diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disorders, seizures, and various heart ailments; instead take them separately, at least several hours apart.
Do not exceed suggested dosage. If you have a medical condition, are on medication or are pregnant or nursing, please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before using. Consult your doctor if you have a history of intestinal blockages, or any illnesses that affect digestion.
Many of the customer reviews for this product on amazon have been left in exchange for a free sample of the product. Below we have listed some of the verified reviews on amazon, as these customers have paid for the product that they are reviewing.
I really don’t like the taste or texture so I don’t eat then much. They work when I eat them but I just don’t.
This is our favorite fiber gummies. I have not been able to find it in local retailers and even Amazon has been out of stock from time to time. It is very tasty and it works.
I bought this product a few weeks ago and so far I am very happy with it. It keeps me full longer in the mornings and I find myself being more “regular” it’s great!
Customers have mixed views on the product’s taste and texture; whilst many people love the taste, others state that it tastes bad and has an unpleasant texture.
They are delicious and work well.
They taste decent and provide the additional fiber that I need. My teeth are sensitive and these can be hard to chew at times, but otherwise a good item.
These taste like fruit flavored candy gummies. You can take them alone, or you can have a drink after you chew them. They are very soft and easy to chew or let melt in your mouth. I think they are effective. A bit of extra fiber in a good tasting vehicle–well worth the small cost.
This product will help to regulate the digestive system. Consumers should make efforts to increase the fibre content of their diet before relying upon a supplement. The recommended daily intake of fibre is between 25 and 38 grams, and it is estimated that many people fail to consume this figure each day.
Whilst some soluble fibres can lower cholesterol levels (specifically psyllium), there is no evidence that the consumption of polydextrose, the fibre used in this product, will lower cholesterol levels at all.
It is possible that polydextrose fibre could aid weight loss by slowing digestion and therefore slowing the onset of hunger after meals, but studies are lacking, instead focusing on other types of fibre. Polydextrose does appear to have a beneficial effect upon bacteria in the intestines; research is still preliminary, but it appears to increase the level of Bacteroidetes, which tend to be high in leaner individuals. Strong links to weight loss have not yet been identified.
Vitafusion Fiber Well Gummies are available from numerous online retailers. The manufacturers do not sell the product direct from their website, but do offer a printable coupon for $1 off any Vitafusion purchase.
Vitacost offer a single bottle of 90 gummies (a 45 day supply) for $11.55 plus delivery charges. Walmart sell the 90 gummies sized bottle for $14.54 with free delivery. The product may also be available from selected Walmart stores. Costco offer a bottle of 220 gummies for $14.99.
Amazon sell two sizes of the product, one containing 90 gummies and another containing 220 gummies. The larger bottle is available for $10.53; this is the best price we could find on all sites selling the product. We were even unable to find a cheaper option for the smaller 90 count bottle on amazon, which is available for $14.39 plus delivery.
There is no money back guarantee available for this product. As the product is sold through numerous retailers, consumers should check the returns policy of their chosen retailer before purchase.
Customers have reported that in hot weather, the product is often delivered with the gummies melted together into one giant, unusable lump; several retailers are aware of this problem, and recommend that consumers use next day delivery to minimise the chances of the product melting. Where a warning is given, melted products may not qualify for returns as damaged.
At the time of writing, there is no clinical evidence strongly linking the type of fibre used in Vitafusion Fiber Well Gummies to any significant weight loss. If consumers want to use a fibre-based appetite suppressant, we would recommend glucomannan over polydextrose. Vitafusion Fiber Well is a good source of fibre for people who struggle with regular bowel movements and who struggle to get enough fibre in their diets. Because the product is a fruit flavoured gummy sweet, rather than a capsule or pill, it may be more appetizing for many people; however, it is important not to eat more than the recommended dose as this increases the chances of negative side effects!
Obviously it is better to source fibre from a varied and balanced diet, but this could be a good alternative to benefit digestion. However, as a potential appetite suppressant and weight loss aid, we do not rate Vitafusion Fiber Well very highly at all. There is currently no evidence that the faux fibre used in the product will aid weight loss at all; it appears that only some soluble fibres will have this effect through reducing the appetite of the consumer.
The product comes with no money back guarantee, and the prices offered by third party retailers vary hugely. Fiber Well is not a multi-vitamin, but there is another version of this product, Fiber Well Fit, that also contains a B vitamin complex; customers who purchase this product should ensure that they do not take other B-vitamin supplements alongside Fiber Well Fit.
Overall, we do not recommend Vitafusion Fiber Well as a weight loss aid; it may help to regulate digestion, but this is the only real benefit to this product.
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