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Is there a substitute for psyllium husk ?

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Kikky, May 9, 2019.

  1. Kikky

    Kikky Type 2 · Member

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    Hi, I'm itching to make the Diet Doctors garlic bread but it and a lot of the bread ingredients says psyllium husk, does anyone know if you can get away without it ? Thanks
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think it's to help hold things together. Most recipes I have seen state it can't be substituted. Any reason you want to avoid it?
     
  3. Kikky

    Kikky Type 2 · Member

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    Oh ok, it's just I cant find it in the shops so will have to order online. Thank you
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Amazon is where I get mine. Be warned that some brands turn purple when baked, it is still edible, just looks a little odd.
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Health food shops may sell it. People take it with water to add fibre.
     
  6. Kikky

    Kikky Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you, just as well it's my favourite colour, lol.
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    I got purple bagels with my psyllium husk powder, hehehe
     
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    TaraLMartin Prediabetes · Newbie

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    For some almond bread recipes, they use either psyllium husk or flaxmeal instead. Maybe flaxmeal ?
     
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    zauberflote Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I've taken to baking with just flax meal, with egg or egg white for binder. My preference anyway is for dense and moist, so I'm not seeing many disappointments. I made an almond flour pound cake last weekend that was delicious! Out of the oven it was a light fluffy medium-crumb yellow cake, and after a day ripening tightly wrapped in the frig it turned to more traditional pound cake. Never tried the DD breads.
     
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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    I've never used psyllium in baking, I had an extremely unpleasant experience with it after it being recommended for constipation, and won't ever touch it again .

    Like @zauberflote I've generally used eggs, or occasionally nothing extra to bind, and have always avoided the Diet Doctor recipes due to my issue with psillium!

    Xanthan gum (available from some supermarkets or Amazon) seems to be used in gluten free baking and I found an informative article from Coeliac UK about using this or guar gum, which may be worth a look:
    https://www.coeliac.org.uk/gluten-free-diet-and-lifestyle/recipe-database/baking-hints-and-tips/

    Robbity
     
  12. Sweet_Sophie

    Sweet_Sophie Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Holland and Barrett have it but it’s quite expensive. The lady in the shop advised me at the time for a substitute half the price. Good luck
     
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    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Do be careful to get either the powder or the whole husks depending on what you need - I bought various powders from Amazon - psyllium, coconut and soy, in bulk and for good prices, as they were what I wanted for experiments in bread making.
    I get milled seeds and whole seeds, ground almonds and other normal baking substances from supermarkets in small amounts as they have shorter shelf lives.
     
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