Calories in Psyllium Husks

by Amanda White

Psyllium husks in a wooden spoon.

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Psyllium husks, the outer portion of the psyllium seed, is water soluble and used in a variety of supplements and recipes. They are not, however, calorie-free, so you need to count your intake, just as you do with your other food.

Calories

The standard serving size for psyllium husks is 1 tbsp. of husks, which weighs about 0.2 oz. One tbsp. of psyllium husks has 16 calories.

Calories from Carbohydrates

Each g of carbohydrates has 4 calories. As part of a grain, it’s not surprising that psyllium husks have 4 g of carbohydrates and, thus, all of their calories are from carbohydrates.

Uses

Psyllium husks are used as a source of fiber and can be added to a variety of food and beverages. In addition, they’re used in gluten-free baking to help bind the flour together. In either case, you should count the amount of psyllium husks you use to prevent underestimating your daily calorie intake.

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About the Author

Amanda White has been a freelance ghostwriter since 2003, specializing in writing about medical issues. White has a Bachelor of Science in engineering from The George Washington University with a focus on biomedical engineering.