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Yesterday, I received a container of Benefiber in the mail. I find it questionable. The only ingredient listed is "wheat dextrin." It states it is sugar free, sodium free, and gluten free. It states there is less than 10ppm of gluten, so it's gluten free.

I will not try it. I feel if it has one ingredient, which is a wheat product, then how can it be safe. I also react to the tiniest amount of wheat. I was just wondering if anyone does use this?

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Yesterday, I received a container of Benefiber in the mail. I find it questionable. The only ingredient listed is "wheat dextrin." It states it is sugar free, sodium free, and gluten free. It states there is less than 10ppm of gluten, so it's gluten free.

I will not try it. I feel if it has one ingredient, which is a wheat product, then how can it be safe. I also react to the tiniest amount of wheat. I was just wondering if anyone does use this?

When trying to choose a fiber supplement, I went to the benefiber website. I can't remember where on the site but it does disclaim that even though the gluten is less than 10ppm they recommend that a celiac NOT use their product. It was at the bottom of one their pages, maybe the ingredient one?

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Thank you Kathy. I have no idea why this was sent to me, but I have no intention of using it.

Thank you for replying.

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I got the sample too and threw it out because I was annoyed that it claimed that gluten-free meant less than 10 ppm.

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I just went to their website, and this is their disclaimer, also listed as their last question in the FAQ:

http://www.benefiber.com/fiberHealth/index.shtml

16. Does the new ingredient, Wheat Dextrin, have any ill effects on people who experience wheat allergies or wheat intolerance?

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My doctor told me to take Benefiber and I love it. I've never had a problem with it. Anything labelled "gluten-free" should be safe enough for pretty much anyone, so I recommend it.

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The really sad part about this whole Benefiber thing is that before they

reformulated it a couple of years ago, it was Gluten Free and had no

wheat starch at all. I have written and called Novartis Consumer and

told them that the new ingredients are problemic for celiacs. We now get

those samples too probably because I've written to them - see how well

they listen?

"Hi we won't use your new product due to gluten issues"

reply "Here, have a sample!"

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My doctor told me to take Benefiber and I love it. I've never had a problem with it. Anything labelled "gluten-free" should be safe enough for pretty much anyone, so I recommend it.

Unfortunatlely doctors are not as up on what is safe for celiacs as would be desired. I would go with Benefibers own warning, repeated here with the important part for us in bold. There is a world of fiber out there that is safe and is easy to get, tasty to consume and has no gluten grains.

16. Does the new ingredient, Wheat Dextrin, have any ill effects on people who experience wheat allergies or wheat intolerance?

Benefiber

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