Just when we think we know all about fibre, it's cooler cousin psyllium comes onto the scene with much buzz. People say it's the only thing we should be eating and tout it's life-saving qualities, but what’s the real deal, psyllium? What are your intentions and what do you actually do? In partnership with Kellogg's* All-Bran*, we figure it out.
Psyllium comes from the husk, the outer shells of seeds from a shrub-like plant called plantago ovata that’s native to India. It's been been used for centuries and is trusted in traditional and herbal medicine. It works as a gentle laxative and helps treat irregularity.
For digestion and bowel issues, it’s a superstar. It boasts both types of fibre – soluble for softening stools and insoluble for adding bulk to them.
The benefit of this type of fibre goes beyond your bowels. When it comes to reducing total cholesterol (one of the fats contained in blood), especially the nasty LDL kind, psyllium has been proven beneficial.
Researchers say that psyllium fibre works like a smart broom, sweeping cholesterol from the body before it has a chance to cause problems. The latest studies are looking at its role in managing diabetes as some data indicates it has glucose reducing properties.
There’s also a solid body of evidence that indicates the kind insoluble fibre in psyllium helps those trying to lose a few pounds. It helps keep hunger at bay by creating a sense of fullness longer. Consider starting your day off right with a fibre-rich cereal for breakfast to tame snacking urges that may hit later on.
If you’re thinking of upping your fibre intake – and you should since most Canadians are not getting the recommended amount -- you can buy psyllium fibre in husk or powder form, then stir it into a glass of water.
A tastier option is to get it from a product like Kellogg’s* All-Bran Buds* cereal. Just one third of a cup provides 11 grams of fibre. That’s 44 per cent of your daily fibre intake. One serving alone puts you on the fast track to getting the amount you should have. Toss it in yogurt, over salads, cook or bake with it, or cover it with your favourite type of milk, coupled with fruit, especially berries for an antioxidant kick.
It's easy to get natural wheat bran fibre. Whether it's at breakfast or a bedtime snack, All-Bran* cereal is a tasty way to help get your fibre every day.