Psyllium is a form of fiber made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds, a native of India and Pakistan.
Nutritional Profile: one tablespoon contains 15–30 calories with 4.5 to six grams of dietary fiber (mostly soluble fiber). It ferments more slowly than other fiber.
Health benefits: Increases the amount of water in the stool, making the stool softer and easier to pass, therefore said to be beneficial for the pancreas. In addition to this, research shows that taking psyllium is beneficial to many parts of the human body, including the heart and used to treat cholesterol along with proper diet. Also known as a laxative. Some use it to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as diarrhea and constipation. Excellent health and weight loss benefits. Due to the facts that it gels in the digestive system, therefore slowing the digestion of sugars and starchy carbohydrates (slowing their passage into the bloodstream). Assists your body’s natural toxin removal process when traveling through your digestive system, psyllium husk absorb water with any toxins.
Usage: Psyllium husk is used in the making of bread, loaf bread, rolls, pizza dough, breakfast cereals, pasta and snack foods. Psyllium husk has a special use in gluten-free baking that requires the structure that gluten provides, it improves it. Once combined with water it becomes gelatinous and sticky.