North Central Company supplies psyllium husk powder as a wheat flour substitute.
Psyllium husk, derived from the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant, offers a range of beneficial properties that enhance food product development:
- Dietary Fiber Fortification: Psyllium husk powder serves as a potent source of dietary fiber, enabling its utilization for fortifying foods such as breakfast cereals, bread, and snacks.
- Dough Rheology: Psyllium husk powder acts as a binder and structure provider. It imparts elasticity to dough and helps prevent wheat-free goods from becoming excessively crumbly.
- Shelf Life Extension: With its exceptional water-holding capacity, psyllium husk powder forms a gel-like substance when in contact with water. This property aids in retaining moisture within food products, contributing to a moist texture and potentially extending shelf life.
- Texture and Mouthfeel: Due to its gel-forming capabilities, psyllium can influence the texture of food products. It can be used to give foods a smoother, gel-like consistency, which can be beneficial in products like puddings or certain types of baked goods..
Psyllium husk powder is one of a number of wheat flour substitutes that North Central provides, including: