In an attempt to kill the urge to eat between meals, I decided to try 2 pysllium fiber supplements and settled on Fibrolium and Watsons brands because they were the cheapest and most expensive brands available in my local, well, Watsons.
|Fibrolium Psyllium Fiber Supplement|
Psyllium is a fiber whose foremost effect is to help you do the number 2. It helps with water absorption in the colon, creating softer stools while stimulating those pipes. It helps retain a feeling of fullness without flatulence and can help with those cholesterol and blood sugar levels. In supplements such as these, only the ground husks are used.
|Watsons Psyllium Fiber Supplement|
How did they match up?
1. Cost: Fibrolium
At P9.50 per packet, Fibrolium beats out Watsons' P14 per packet price. While the former weighs around 5 grams and the latter 10 grams and is flavored, Fibrolium would still be more cost effective in the long term since one packet is only for one dose.
2. Taste: Fibrolium
To be honest, they both taste bad. But Fibrolium tastes like bland gulaman while Watsons' tastes too sweet, like calamansi yes, but not in a good way. The goal was to get it down my throat as quickly as possible, and the former went down quicker.
3. Effect: Fibrolium
I didn't take these supplements for their laxative effect so I won't be talking about it. Both promoted a feeling of fullness, but I consistently had the urge to take the taste of calamansi away (but that could be just me) which was contrary to my goal of not-eating. Going by the ingredient list, Watson's second ingredient is sugar, meaning it's a source of extra calories and would not be as helpful in the cholesterol and blood sugar control part.
While I don't really need psyllium fiber supplements in my everyday life, I think it's pretty clear which one I'm buying on those days.