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Ask the Diva: Is it OK to Take Beano with Metamucil?

Is it okay to take multiple products designed to address digestive problems at the same time? Nutrition Diva has the answer.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Ask the Diva: Is it OK to Take Beano with Metamucil?

by Monica Reinagel, M.S., L.D./N.

Q. Is it OK to take Beano with Metamucil fiber pills?

A. Yes.  Although both of these products are designed to address problems with the digestive system, they work completely differently.

BEANO™ contains an enzyme that helps break down sugars in vegetables and legumes which can sometimes cause intestinal gas.

Fiber pills can help relieve and prevent constipation.

BEANO does its work primarily in the small intestine and fiber in the large intestine -- so the two shouldn’t interfere with one another.

Ironically, however, the type of fiber in Metamucil can contribute to intestinal gas — so you might be caught in a vicious cycle!

For more information and tips on the best ways to deal with gas and constipation, check out these related episodes:

Got Gas?
How to Relieve Constipation

Fiber Pills photo from Shutterstock.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.