What exactly is psyllium?
Psylliumis obtained from a plant called desert Indianwheat (Plantago Ovata). The seeds of this plant have a sheath in the form of transparent husks. These are psyllium husks. In English “psyllium husk”. Psyllium husks are ground and thus psyllium powder is obtained. In English “psyllium powder”.
What is the difference between psyllium flakes and powder?
Flakes are lighter and more voluminous, so one tablespoon of flakes has 30% less fiber and calories than a tablespoon of powder.
One tablespoon of flakes contains 5 grams of fiber.
The flakes create a gel that has a grainy sandy taste, opposed to a powder that creates a finer gel and has a less sandy taste. If you add flakes to yogurt or muesli, you won’t feel the difference. The difference is felt when the flakes are stirred in water to make a drink.