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Metamucil Shortage: Options For Circumventing.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE. The ‘Walmart’ ‘Equate’ comparable.


I am still getting comments & messages that the Metamucil shortage still persists in some parts of the country. I am sorry about. We, in New Hampshire (at least around where I live in the central part) appear to be out of the woods. But, to be fair, I buy the ‘Walmart’ ‘Equate’ brand — & have done so for many, many years. Bought a 180-teaspoon bottle this Monday at Walmart — & YES, I noticed that I was taking the last one.

I checked Amazon. As you can see from the lead figure they are currently out of stock but expect to be able to ship starting November 17, 2020.

So, my recommendations:

  1. Check online: Amazon, Walmart, Target etc.
  2. Try the Walmart equivalent. I have been using it for years. In terms of the FIBER content it is identical to Metamucil. Yes, maybe the granularity is slightly different. But, it works — which is more than what I can say for the capsules. They do NOT work.
  3. See if you can get it from another part of the country. Yes, if you really are DESPERATE let me know. I will see IF I can help you out. SMILE.

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Metamucil Shortage Appears To Be BACK; Luckily There Are Store Brands Available.

by Anura Guruge

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A month ago it seemed that we were back to normal — as you can see from the 2nd picture above.

Exact same Walmart in Rochester, NH, a month apart. I think folks have started HOARDING Metamucil. That is crazy. All the Walmart ‘Equate’ comparables were gone too BUT for the poisonous ‘Real Sugar‘ variety. I am impressed, & glad, that folks now have the sense to boycott that version. It is BAD for you. So high in sugar.

Well, I had to go to ‘Market Basket‘ which is kind of ‘next door’. I looked they had a store brand which is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I was happy. But, they only had two containers — & NO, I did NOT buy both. I am good like that.

So, my latest update. I will, of course, keep you posted.

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I Think The Metamucil Shortage Is OVER.

by Anura Guruge

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September 16, 2020 UPDATE — shortage CONTINUES. (click)

Went to Walmart (Rochester, NH) this past Sunday, August 16, 2020. Yes, among other things I needed FIBER. I was willing to get straight Psyllium Husk Powder (e.g., Konsyl). But, the shelves were NOT bare. Looked like we were back to normal.

They had my Walmart-brand, 114-teaspoon full ‘NO SUGAR‘ bottles. I was happy. I got 1 bottle.

Don’t ask me why — methinks it is the GRINDING — but I think Metamucil, at least with I, works better than Psyllium Husk Powder. Kind of counterintuitive. Should be no difference — or, if anything, the Psyllium should be better.

Well, Psyllium was more expensive too.

So, didn’t see the point. SMILE.

So, I think the Metamucil shortage is OVER. At least from my experience.

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Rediscovering The Tingling, Zesty Taste Of Ginger Beer Opposed To The Tepidity Of Ginger Ale.

by Anura Guruge

Very nice & satisfying THOUGH NOT (I repeat ‘NOT’) ZERO calorie. Click to ENLARGE.

Yes, ZERO calorie per the label (if it is to be trusted). Click to ENLARGE.

Some of those who know me might find this difficult to believe, but I have not always been a ‘dipso‘. If anything, by British standards, & especially those of the late 1960s & 1970s, I started consuming alcohol very late in my life! I did not start drinking alcohol, in any form or format, until I had turned 20. In those days, if my memory is true, an adult could buy you a drink at a pub when you were 14. At 18 nearly everyone I knew & associated with drank, bar I. [And, for totally different reasons, I also refused to touch (or even go near) drugs. That was a blessing. Wow, can you picture I on drugs. That would have been scary — mainly to I.]

Anywho ….

Pre-dipso, I (living in the U.K. (of course)) drank ginger beer. And it used to be good ginger beer.

Once I moved onto alcohol I still drank ginger beer, but not to the same extent as before.

Then in 1985 I came to the U.S.

Don’t know what happened. Maybe ginger beer was not as readily available. I started drinking ‘Schweppes’ & ‘Canada Dry’ ginger ale — often with liberal helpings of whiskey (in some form).

I have continued to drink Ginger Ale — albeit Diet. It is the ONLY soda I drink.

Then last Sunday, Father’s Day, after our hikes in the North Country I was still thirsty. These days, with COVID-19, I no longer stop to get coffee. Stopped at a Hannaford & I saw some CRAFT ginger beer. Bought a bottle. WOW. WOW. It was good. Kick like a mule. Who needed alcohol. Then the wife pointed out that I was on a SUGAR HIGH.


Some 38.5g of CARBS. Sacré Bleu. Wow. No wonder it felt so good. Given my near obesity I can’t afford to imbibe that many carbs. That is nearly my entire quota for a day.

So, I looked around for DIET ginger beer. They do make it, though, one brand, ‘Bundaberg‘, which is good, is NOT totally sugar-free. Reduced sugar, but sugar nonetheless. I will have to give it a miss. I am fat enough already. I need to lose 20lbs, NOT gain another 20lbs.

I tried the ‘Goslings‘ too. Not as good. Definitely flatter. Not as zesty. But, NO sugar.

I will let you. Even at 0 calories I will only drink one a day. My weight is an issue. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge