Superfood Spotlight: Psyllium Husk Powder
When it comes to eating a healthy diet, our ancestors set the bar really high! After all, they were able to access a wide variety of fresh, natural, unmodified foods that we can only dream of in our modern, industrialized society. This ancient diet was filled with more than just vitamins and minerals—it also contained much more healthy fiber than we typically get from our modern way of eating.
The discrepancy between the volume of fiber our ancestors consumed and what the average modern person gets is quite dramatic. While our predecessors ate an impressive 50 to 100 grams of fiber every day, most of us struggle to consume even half that amount.1 That’s because the way we eat as a society makes it hard to get this important nutrient into our daily diet.
We all know we should be eating more soluble and insoluble fiber but sometimes it’s challenging to figure out exactly where to find it. Fortunately, nature provides a wonderful source of both types of fiber in one convenient, wholesome superfood: all-natural psyllium husk powder.
Psyllium husk is the tough, fibrous outside of the seeds of Plantago ovata, a grassy plant that grows in dry climates. When gently milled, the husks contain plenty of soluble prebiotic fiber and insoluble fiber.
Husk vs. Powder: Which Is Better?
Psyllium husks are available as either whole psyllium husks or as psyllium husk powder made from ground-up husks. And while both can be healthy choices, to get the absolute most fiber per serving, the more concentrated powder form is the clear choice—with double the amount of fiber per teaspoon than whole husks.
Powder is also typically easier to use, since it blends into a seamless gel when it comes into contact with liquids. Whole psyllium husks, on the other hand, don't blend as well and can have a grainy texture.
Top Tips for Enjoying Psyllium Husk Powder
Psyllium husk powder is incredibly easy to use, but it’s helpful to keep a couple of things in mind:
Choose premium. Make sure that you're getting your organic psyllium husk powder from a premium supplier like Sari Foods, that prioritizes organic, sustainable, and gentle growing and harvesting techniques. This not only helps support better working conditions for the farmers harvesting your psyllium while protecting our planet; it also ensures that you get the best-tasting, cleanest, most nutritious psyllium husk fiber powder available.
Hydrate. It's important to drink plenty of water when you're eating psyllium husk because it's incredibly hygroscopic—meaning it soaks up lots of moisture. Drinking ample amounts of water with your psyllium husk powder will keep your digestive tract hydrated so everything can keep moving along as it’s supposed to.
Think outside the box. Many people think they have to take psyllium husk in a liquid form, such as in a fiber shake. But, due to its subtle flavor and easy dissolvability, you can use psyllium husk powder in a variety of sweet and savory dishes, including everything from dips to baked goods. And when psyllium husk gets wet, it forms a gel that turns out to be a fantastic gluten-free alternative for baking—giving you a surprisingly wheat-like texture and flavor without the unwanted gluten. For best results, mix in two and a half teaspoons of psyllium husk powder per one cup of gluten-free flour. Once you've added your liquids, let the dough sit for a few minutes so the gel really has a chance to get going before mixing in any other ingredients or following any additional recipe steps.
Ready to up your fiber consumption in a truly delicious way? Give Sari Foods Organic Psyllium Husk Powder a try! Our versatile, gentle, ultra-fine powder makes a perfect complement to any healthy diet.
Try our delicious Psyllium Husk Vanilla Bliss Balls for a sweet, dessert-like take on this fabulous fiber!
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