Desert Foods for Healthy Living

Plantago

Plantago (Plantago ovata) produces edible seeds covered in a small husk that is high in soluble fiber and have been demonstrated to decrease blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Plantago is also called Psyllium, Indian Wheat, or Plantain. Plantago grows wild in the Southwest and can easily be harvested in the spring. It can also be found in some health food stores and is an ingredient in some over the counter laxatives. It is often consumed by placing a tablespoon of seeds in water or tea. Similar to chia, the seeds swell and produce mucilage that contributes to a feeling of fullness, preventing overeating.

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