What You Should Know
11/9 Update: Several of our readers have recently alerted Diet Spotlight to a grapefruit-based product going by the name “NuTrim”. This product is not Nutrim® Oat Beta Glucan, nor is it the property of FutureCeuticals. FutureCeuticals does not license or endorse the use of the Nutrim® brand in this product, and declares such use counterfeit and an infringement on the Nutrim® patents and trademarks. FutureCeuticals does not offer Nutrim® products for sale or promotion through individuals, vendors, or distributors without license and vigorously pursues the individuals, vendors, and distributors that sell or promote counterfeit Nutrim® products
Nutrim® Oat Beta Glucan is a registered trademark of VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc. (“FutureCeuticals”) and is manufactured under patents licensed exclusively to FutureCeuticals by the United States Department of Agriculture. High cholesterol can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Fat lipids build up in the blood to for a plaque along the insides of arteries. There are many drugs on the market that doctors prescribe to lower cholesterol. The mainstream natural remedy for lowering cholesterol has been to eat oatmeal several times a week. Nutrim is a supplemental powder made from oat bran fiber and is supposed to help lower cholesterol. The claim is that this supplement has more than twice as much cholesterol lowering beta-glucans than oatmeal. The company’s website claims that Nutrim helps to curb cravings for unhealthy foods and thus helps with dieting as well.
Nutrim is claimed to bind in the stomach with both fats and bile that contribute to high cholesterol and to carry them out of the body. This is the same process as occurs with oatmeal, however Nutrim is said to be a highly concentrated oat bran fiber that binds even larger amounts of fat and bile. The website claims that it is much easier to take this supplement than to eat two to three bowls of oatmeal each day.
List of Ingredients
Concentrated whole oat bran.
Each serving of Nutrim contains twice the soluble fiber as oatmeal, which has long been touted as a way to naturally lower cholesterol through diet. This product does come in powder form and must be added to food or drink. The directions state that Nutrim should be taken twice a day: once at breakfast and again at lunch.
- Contains 10% Beta-Glucans per serving.
- Can be mixed with water, juice, yogurt, cereal and smoothies or just sprinkled on top of food.
- Is considered as safe for low cholesterol diets as oatmeal.
- Nutrim must be added to food or mixed with water or juice. Though the company claims that there is no taste, there is a texture that may be hard to get past.
- While the website claims that Nutrim meet the guidelines set forth by the FDA to claim an “oat heart health” status, supplements are not regulated by the FDA and that implication should not be made.
Nutrim is a supplement to use in place of oatmeal for lowering cholesterol. Oatmeal has long been proven to provide cholesterol lowering effects do to the fat binding properties of soluble fiber. Very similar in consistency to any other powdered fiber supplement, Nutrim is to be mixed with liquids such as water or juice, or sprinkled on top of other foods. Since this supplement lowers cholesterol just like oatmeal, one wonders why not just eat oatmeal. The company’s claims that Nutrim stops cravings can in part be attributed to the high fiber content.
Though Nutrim® Oat Beta Glucan contains no wheat ingredients, it is manufactured through machinery that also processes wheat-containing products and, therefore, is not labeled as “Gluten-Free”.