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2 January, 2015

What is Isabgol or Psyllium Husk?

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I had heard of the health benefits of isabgol or psyllium husks before but it was when I found them at Trader Joe’s, that I actually looked into it and how they can be used in everyday cooking. It is also available at Whole Foods Market and health stores.

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Isabgol (as it is called in India) or psyllium husks are made from the seeds of the plantago ovata plant. It is used as a home remedy for constipation as well as diarrhea, and as a great colon cleanser. Regular consumption is known to maintain a healthy weight, promote digestive health, keep diabetes at bay and reduce cholesterol levels. (source: here)

 

When combined with water, it expands in volume and forms a gel-like substance (almost like chia seeds) and this makes it an excellent binding agent in baked goods, including gluten-free cakes (read: egg-replacer).

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