Psyllium husk comes from plantago ovata, also known as Desert Indian Wheat, Isabgol, Ispaghula or Psyllium. I often find it in my Indian Spice Shops sold as ‘Isabgol’ and costing a fraction of the price that  ‘psyllium husks’ are sold for, in major supermarket health aisles. The plant is native to India and Pakistan, and has been used in medicine for a long, long time. You’ll be really surprised to find the kind of uses it can be put to, and how it can impact your overall health. Since it’s becoming a popular staple in lots of low carb bakes, wraps and treats etc I thought we’d try and learn more about its benefits and uses. Today’s post also shares a quick, wonderful, one minute substitute for ‘PAP’, ‘DUMPLINGS’ or ‘RICE’. Move over ‘cauli-rice’ and make way for a ‘One Minute Substitute!’




1. It suppresses your appetite
A study carried out by the University of Maryland found that eating a small amount of Psyllium fiber actually managed to decrease the appetite. This fiber swells when inside the body, meaning that it makes you feel full without eating too many calories.
With it being much less expensive than similar products that claim to have the same effect, it’s a perfect match when you’re trying to cut down and reduce your food intake!

2. It improves digestion
Dietary fiber is one of the most important macro-nutrients your body needs in order to digest food properly. Adding Psyllium husk to your meals, or for greater effectiveness taken about 30 minutes before eating, will lead your digestive system to feel better, and treat you nicer.
We may not like to think too much about our digestion, but it’s an important part of overall health. We all need a little realignment now and then so add some husk to your diet and feel cleaner.

3. It treats GI disorders
If you have any problems with your digestive system, taking in some Psyllium husk can help a huge amount. Colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and just plain irregularity or bloatedness can all be treated by the husk.

4. It removes toxins
As Psyllium husk moves through your digestion system it absorbs water and toxins that you took in through food consumption. Usually these harmful chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream and end up all over your body causing no end of trouble.

5. It kills cholesterol

It may seem incredible, but Psyllium husk can actually absorb cholesterol and keep it out of your blood along with other toxins. Scientists have found that eating a good amount of Psyllium fiber on a regular basis lowers the level of cholesterol in the body.
This could be the real factor that drives the popularity of the food, so you should get ahead of the pack and feel the amazing benefits today. Cholesterol is a major contributor to heart disease, a leading cause of death in the USA so this humble husk could help to save your life.

6. It cleans your insides out
It’s not nice to think about, but you’re carrying huge weight around in the form of fecal matter. This is why enemas have been becoming so popular in recent years. There are ways you can achieve the same results without resorting to the plumbing, however.
The husk will clean out your bowels and leave you feeling lighter than air. It won’t require a clinic or any plastic sheeting either, making it a cleanse more suited to most!

7. You can add it to anything
Eating Psyllium fiber alone, even in husk form, is popular for people who are on a real health kick, but for those that want to incorporate it into daily life that may not be practical. Don’t worry, however, as the fiber can be added to almost anything to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
You can add it to your yogurt, oatmeal and even soups and sauces. You can also prepare healthier pastries with the Psyllium fiber! It adds a great crunch, and give you an incredible health boost.


1 egg (well beaten)

3 tblsp almond flour (OR 1 tblsp coconut flour)

1 tsp psyllium husks

1/4 cup water to make batter

Pinch of salt n pepper

Blend all ingredients together and mix well. Spoon into a greased microwave proof mug or bowl. Cook in microwave a minute or so till it sets completely. Open it twice or thrice during this time, to ensure it doesn’t overflow in microwave.Topple n sprinkle over it a pinch of herbs (of your choice) and serve in place of rice, dumplings or pap (putu). Enjoy!


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