Often times people tell me that they get their fiber by taking Metamucil. When I try to convince them that the ingredients in Metamucil are potentially harmful to their health,they tell me they don’t care because its easy, cheap, and doesn’t taste as bad as the natural fiber supplements. Usually,after I get done lecturing them on why they should care, people will decide to change to a better product, such as Perfect 7. So here is my condensed lecture, hopefully you’ll realize after reading this, that you need to be using a product like Perfect 7 and not Metamucil. First of all, here is a partial list of the ingredients in Metamucil: Gelatin (animal source), Polysorbate 80, Caramel Color, Red 40 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 80, Caramel Color, Red 40 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Natural and Artificial Orange Flavor, Aspartame, FD&C Yellow No. 6, Acesulfame Potassium, Aspartame, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Blue No. 1. Many of these food colorings are directly linked with several disorders, such as hyperactivity, learning disorders, digestive disorders, and many other serious conditions and disorders. These colorings are not safe, although they are approved by the FDA. They are certified to contain no more than the amount of lead, mercury, arsenic, benzidine, and other contaminants that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) considers acceptable. Feingold.org, is an organization that promotes a dye and additive free diet. They counsel people who suffer from disorders, such as IBS, ADD and ADHD. Here is what they have to say about the artificial colors and additives: “All the synthetic dyes are allowed to contain harmful contaminants like lead, mercury, arsenic, and benzidine (a carcinogen). Lead usually targets the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells first, eventually attacking your nervous system. The primary effects of mercury on infants and children are to damage neurological development. Arsenic can cause several kinds of cancer, as well as headaches and confusion. While it is true that colorings don’t have large amounts of any of these contaminants, there is no good reason to consume them. Yellow #5 & Yellow #6 are each allowed to have 1 ppb (parts per billion) of benzidine. Benzidine is known to cause cancer but it apparently can’t be easily removed from the dye, so the FDA decided to allow it at that amount. The synthetic “D&C” colors are allowed to contain 10 ppm (parts per million) of lead. Even though these may seem like a very small amounts, why put them in your body if not necessary? According to the Mayo Clinic, “Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems.” Low-grade exposure to small amounts of lead may not show symptoms for years, but can increase the risk of high blood pressure and mental illness and decline in the future. Okay, enough of the bad news. Here is the good news. There are many safe and gentle products available to help you with your fiber needs. You do not need to take something that is could cause cancer. Perfect 7 in an inexpensive product that is all natural and gentle to the system. There are others, I just happen to like them.