Psyllium husks: Beautiful on the Inside

Psyllium husks: Beautiful on the Inside

Psyllium husks are one of the best sources of soluble dietary fibre we can eat.

Let’s compare it to oat bran:

100 grams of oat bran = 5 grams of soluble fibre
100 grams of psyllium = more than 70 grams of soluble fibre

Why is it good for us?  Dietary fibre helps prevent diseases like bowl cancer.
People with a regular intake of dietary fibre are leaner and have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

What’s in them?
The psyllium husks are full of soluble fibre, have no calories, zero energy, and gluten-free.

How does it work? The soluble part of soluble fibre means that psyllium attracts water in the intestine and slows digestion, helping us feel ‘full’ for longer, reducing sugar and cholesterol absorption.

How to eat it?
The husks should be mixed with liquid or they can become a choking hazard.  You can stir a tablespoon or two into your breakfast cereal milk, or drink stirred into a glass of water or juice, or through a bowl of yogurt.  They’re a beaut addition to a smoothie.

Gluten free diet  –  add to breads: reducing crumbling through their absorption of water in baking.

Harvest Hub has Psyllium Husks in 500g bags in the Cereal & Seed section.

Psyllium Husks in a Blueberry Banana Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chilled milk: soy, regular Country Valley or coconut milk all work well
  • 1 banana
  • 1 punnet of blueberries
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 5-10 ice cubes
  • 1½ tbs of psyllium husks
Instructions
  1. Put in a blender and blitz.
  2. Add honey to sweeten although a ripe banana can be sweetness enough.

 


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