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).