2 January, 2015
What is Isabgol or Psyllium Husk?
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.
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).
12 thoughts on : What is Isabgol or Psyllium Husk?
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I have looked into these previously and wondered how a sensitive stomach might react to them?? They’re quite powerful arent they?
I have a relative with the worst case of IBS and her doctor says it is impossible to eat too much of the stuff. She does add it to everything, and if she didn’t have to eat other food, I think she would feel ok.
Oh really? How interesting 🙂 thank you x
Elaine, I have not used them yet as a therapeutic; my idea is to incorporate into baking to increase fibre content. I think small amounts would be good to consume.
My 3-year old has eaten cupcakes made with these with no adverse reaction. He has had hemorrhoids in the past and I’m doing my best to avoid giving him Metamucil.
Hey Apsara happy new year to you! Sorry to hear about your sons hemorrhoids. Its sad when your little ones go through such things. My daughter suffers from severe constipation on a regular basis so ive recently started using this for her. I use it in her cereals and also in my dough for rotis. Seems to work well for all of us in the family too.
Thanks, Sanjana. Those are awesome ideas. Will try those. I add chia seeds in cereal, and he kids love the texture.
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