Inulin known as Fructo-Oligosaccharide is a type of fibre present in many fruits and vegetables. It is usually extracted from Chicory root.
Inulin is a prebiotic which means that it increases the amount of probiotic bacteria in our gut. Good bacteria in our digestive system are able to utilise inulin in order to produce nutrients such as vitamin B complex. Inulin can also improve digestive health by increasing faecal bulk and speeding up intestinal transit, preventing constipation and acumulation of toxins.
Studies have also demonstrated that Inulin may improve fat metabolism and help to lower body weigth and cholesterol (Nishimura 2015).
The recommended intake of dietary fibre is 30g per day. Inulin contains a huge 4.50g of fibre per 5g serving which makes it a wonderful food for increasing the intake of this most important health-promoting nutrient. Dietary fibre is a very important element of our diet as it prevents cancer, CVD, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, hemorrhoids, constipation, skin problems and othet conditions. It can also help to increase satiety and keep you from snacking.
Inulin is very versatile and can be consumed with almost all types of food.