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BarnDad Ultra Fiber DX Review

BarnDad Ultra Fiber DX

Ultra Fiber DX offers time-release, soluble and insoluble fibers to reduce hunger and support healthy weight management.

According to advertisements, “We are not claiming BarnDad’s Fiber DX™ is a “cure-all,” BUT if you want to lose weight without sacrificing all the foods you love and are looking for a simpler and more effective way to lose weight, manage lean muscle maintenance and help to control your AIC, then BarnDad’s Fiber DX™ is just what you’ve been looking for!”

Supposedly, Ultra Fiber DX reduces cholesterol levels while improving digestion in a matter of days, but is it a good choice?

What’s Inside Ultra Fiber DX?

Ultra Fiber DX is not like other weight loss supplements because it does not focus on stimulating herbs or fat-blocking botanicals.

As you may have already guessed, Ultra Fiber DX keeps fiber at its center. It contains a patent-pending blend of 8 fiber sources: oat, soy, psyllium, maltodextrin, flax, beet, cellulose, guar, and lecithin.

As with any other fiber supplement, the fiber reduces hunger by delaying gastric emptying. Then, as it moves through the digestive tract, it pulls toxins, waste, and other harmful materials along with it, inhibiting their absorption.

According to WebMD experts, “most people eat about the same weight of food each day. . .If you choose high-fiber, water-rich foods . . .you can eat the same weight of food but feel full on fewer calories.” [1]

Experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research found fiber consumption mitigates weight gain and supports weight control. [2]

Most women should aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily while most men should aim for 38 grams. Fiber DX contains 11 grams of fiber per serving, which is 44% the daily recommended requirement.
However, there are a lot of fiber supplements available. What makes Ultra Fiber DX stand out from the rest?

A closer look at the label reveals it also contains 7 grams of soy protein isolate. A few consumers are concerned that soy protein isolate is a poor substitute for soy isolate concentrate.

SPI is a highly processed soy protein, and the extra processing strips out other nutrients the original soy plant offered. Additionally, Lauren Slatyon MD claims that isolate soy protein often leaves behind substances and unhealthy residues. [3]

Despite this, many feel soy protein (no matter how processed) is still a healthy choice to increase protein intake without opting for animal sources.

When you combined the 11 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein with just 50 calories per serving, it would seem Ultra Fiber DX makes a good solution for keeping you full without filling you out.

Potential Side Effects

Fiber is a safe and natural way to suppress appetite and improve digestion. However, it’s best to introduce fiber into your diet slowly; otherwise, it may cause intestinal discomfort and side effects.

Such side effects include intestinal gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. This usually fades as the natural bacteria in the digestive tract adjust to the increased fiber in the diet. [4]

However, manufactures claim Ultra Fiber DX’s 8 layer blend significantly reduces bloating and side effects. Many consumers tend to agree:

“I have taken up to 2 full scoops a day and get nothing but good results, no cramping, no bloating and I used to be SO BLOATED every single day, not anymore – my tummy is about 1/2 the size it used to be (I am not over weight). Try this, give it time, take it slow – I think you will love it!!” – SandGirl, Amazon.com.

“It doesn’t have any after taste what so ever and I also don’t have any bloating that some would think with taking fiber. I was amazed at how long it kept me from being hungry.” – jrmitch37, Bodybuilding.com

“I have been using this product once a day for 3 weeks. There does not seem to be the side effects common with fiber suppliments.” – Heather.e.bloom., GNC.com.

Will Fiber Help You Lose Weight?

Increasing fiber intake is a great way to cut calories without feeling starved. As a result, it may help you lose weight naturally and safely.

However, fiber itself does not burn fat or increase energy levels. It essentially acts as roughage, pushing materials through the intestines to inhibit their absorption.

Some consumers lost weight successfully on Ultra Fiber DX, while others did not:

“I have used this product daily to help with weight loss for the past 60 days and it has helped me lose 20 pounds so far. The product helps me to stay fuller longer with no bloating or side effects. While maintain a Healthier life for myself. You can take fat burners, but that is only a temporary fix for weight loss. I was looking for a product that I can use every day and ongoing for life. I have found a product that works Awesome. I would recommend giving it a try for sure!!!!” – Jrmitch37, VitaminShoppe.com

“Took this stuff as directed and it did not do anything but drain my wallet. More hype than substance with this product.” – David B Rich, Amazon.com

While the reviews seem fairly promising overall, I couldn’t help but be a little intrigued by the appearance of Jrmitch37 on both bodybuilding.com and vitaminshoppe.com.

There is no information on his user profile, which makes me wonder if he is a genuine Fiber DX user or if his profile was created simply to lure in more customers.

It’s always best to take customer reviews with a grain of salt.

Is Ultra Fiber DX a Good Meal Replacement Shake?

While supplementing with fiber and protein is a good way to slim down without feeling starved, Ultra Fiber DX does not contain the necessary vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients to qualify it as a meal replacement shake.

It may be a good snack to take the edges off hunger and can easily be included in a healthy weight loss program, but it isn’t a meal replacement shake.

Is Ultra Fiber DX Easy to Use?

According to BarnDadNutrition.com, “is a flavorless, universal ingredient that easily mixes with water or other beverages and can also be used in baking as a flour substitute, resulting in healthy and delicious meals, snacks and desserts.”

For best results, combine 1 scoop (20 grams) to 8-20 oz. of liquid (water, juice, protein shake, or favorite non-carbonated beverage) 15 minutes prior to meals. It can be taken 1-2 times daily.

Does It Mix Well?
Many consumers agree Fiber DX mixes well with protein shakes without adding a bitter flavor. However, it does thicken smoothies and shakes and may add a grainy texture if not stirred properly.

Stephanie at Amazon.com writes, “I finally found a fiber that I can use. It blends well with anything it doesn’t clump nor become thick so I don’t have to hurry up and drink it. It has no flavor. . . You can mix this with coffee, use it to thicken soups, mix with spices when cooking. Seems good for someone that makes low carb breads, soups that need a thickener and things like that.”

Where to Buy Ultra Fiber DX

BarnDad Ultra Fiber DX is available through numerous online distributors. I searched high and low and found the following prices for a 1.32 lb. tub:

• GNC.com: $29.95
• BarnDadNutrition.com: $29.95
• Bodybuilding.com: $26.88
• Amazon.com: $23.99
• The VitaminShoppe.com: $27.99
• DrugStore.com: $22.46

Are the Manufacturers Reliable?

BarnDad Innovative Nutrition, LLC is a fairly new health and wellness company focused on integrating fiber into the everyday diet. It was founded in 2011, and now offers 2 products for improving health and digestion: Fiber DX and Natur’s Diet Biscotti.

So far BarnDad Innovative Nutrition, LLC is too new to determine its reliability. No complaints have been filed with the Better Business Bureau, but no positive reviews have been posted anywhere.
I’d love to know more about BarnDad Nutrition, so please feel free to fill in any gaps by leaving a comment.

Final Thoughts

Fiber DX seems comparable to many other fiber supplements. It contains a hefty amount of fiber for improving digestion and suppressing appetite while supplying a good dose of protein to encourage lean muscle growth.

While it’s not the best supplement around, Fiber DX seems to get the job done.

References

[1] Zelman, Kathleen. “High-fiber Diets and Weight Loss.” WebMD Feature. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-health-benefits-11/fiber-weight-control

[2] Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN. “Does More Fiber Mean More Weight Loss?” American Institute for Cancer Research. Nutrition Notes. May 18, 2009. Available from: http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=14959&news_iv_ctrl=0&abbr=pr_hf_

[3] “Should you avoid soy protein isolate?” Well And Good NYC. Available from: http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/09/27/should-you-avoid-soy-protein-isolate

[4] “Fiber.” The New York Times Health Guide. Available from: http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/nutrition/fiber/overview.html


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Katherine Says:

I am just starting to take this supplement beginning with 1/2 scoop a day. So far, I feel good. My goal is to lower my A1c number, and lose weight. Will keep you posted with progress reports.

May 31, 2015 at 10:50 am

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