How many times have you been promised a single food will cure all of your health woes? You know, acai, goji berries, maca powder… the list of so-called superfoods is almost endless.

As a dietitian, I don’t usually promote these exotic ingredients. They’re a drain on your bank balance and simply unnecessary for good health. But there is a small handful of foods that boast that infamous ‘superfood’ title I’m actually all for.

One of them is psyllium husk –here’s why.

What is psyllium husk?

Let’s get the technical part out of the way: psyllium husks are the outer shells of the seed ‘plantago ovata’. It’s plant-based and low in carbs, making it perfectly acceptable for a range of popular diets (think: keto, vegan, gluten free…)

At almost 100% fibre, psyllium husk is great news for your gut. It’s rich in a type of fibre called ‘soluble fibre’, which absorbs water and slows down digestion.

This type of fibre also supports the health of your heart as it works to lower cholesterol. What’s more, soluble fibre can help to balance blood sugars, too.

How do you use it?

You’ve probably already tried psyllium husk in cereals or fibre supplements like Metamucil. But you can buy plain old psyllium husk from the health food aisle of your supermarket and get creative in the kitchen with it, too.

To give you a helping hand, here’s five easy ways to incorporate psyllium husk into your menu to support the health of your gut and ticker.

But be careful – too much can psyllium can really ruin a good recipe, so don’t be too liberal when testing out these ideas.

1. Sprinkle psyllium husk over your morning cereal.

2. Blend psyllium husk into your smoothie.

3. Use psyllium husk to substitute some of the flour in gluten-free baking.

4. Fold psyllium husk through your homemade muesli bar recipes

5. Whisk psyllium husk into your weekend pancake mixture.

A word of warning, psyllium husk absorbs water (big time!), so it’s super important that your water intake increases as you start to incorporate it – otherwise, your body will let you know you’ve overdone it.

Your goal is one extra glass of water per teaspoon of psyllium added into your day.

On the same note, psyllium husk has a strong laxative effect, so you need to introduce it slowly to give your body time to become accustomed to it.

And there you have it! Why I think you should pop psyllium husk onto your next shopping list.

Melissa Meier is an online and Sydney-based Accredited Practising Dietitian. You can connect with her at or on Instagram @honest_nutrition.