I read this book about the glycemic index (GI) of foods,1 and in it they explain how some mucilaginous foods have a low GI and this mucilaginous property can lower the GI of other foods by slowing down its digestion, so I’ve been eating snacks with a big 16 ounce glass of water with a heaping teaspoon of psyllium husks. After about five minutes the water has the consistency of raw egg whites. Disgusting, yes. And the flavor’s not so great either.

But what’s so good about it is that in addition to lowering the GI of whatever I eat, it makes you full for a good two hours or more. And psyllium husks are high in fiber.

So for breakfast I’ve been having this:
It’s a sliced banana, a dab of peanut butter, a pinch of toasted black sesame seeds, and a bittersweet chocolate chip on top. That’s the psyllium husk water behind it.


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