Whole Psyllium Husk is a simple way to add more gut friendly dietary fiber. If you bake your own bread or sourdough bread, try adding psyllium to the dough.
Psyllium Husk by Organic India is a popular brand which we have used a lot.
What is psyllium husk?
Psyllium seed husk is a native plant of India and is a good source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Psyllium are tiny flakes that, when in contact with water, swells and forms a gelatine-like mass. You can also buy it as a fine powder.
Psyllium fiber in baking
When used in baking, psyllium can also be replaced with chia seeds or flax seeds.
Psyllium behaves a bit like gluten when baking bread. It makes it possible to handle the dough when rolling or shaping it. This works pretty well for gluten-free bread.
You can use both whole husk flakes or the psyllium powder; it’s mostly a matter of taste, though my wife says she prefers the powder in baking.
Is psyllium good in a sourdough bread?
Yes, psyllium is widely used in low-carb cooking. It is very useful as psyllium helps you recreate gluten-free versions of most high-carb bread favourites. Psyllium helps replicate the nice texture of a good bread.
Through all the years of testing many good products, Psyllium Husk is one of the best additions we have ever made. My wife is an excellent baker and prepared most her breads with psyllium which is a great way to increase your fiber intake.
What about taking a teaspoon of pure psyllium daily?
Yes, many people add a little psyllium husk to a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach. The powder turns into a light porridge in water which some find easy to swallow. Psyllium has a mild laxative effect which can help in case of constipation.