If you have ever bought a packaged food that claims “high in fiber” on the pack, there is a good possibility you have eaten chicory root fiber. Chicory root, is a commonly added ingredient to cereals, bars and breads (to boost the fiber content), is a source of inulin, a type of soluble fiber. It is separated from the roots of chicory plants – hence the name, chicory root fiber.
In addition to being an added fiber in some high-fiber processed foods, inulin also occurs naturally in some veggies such as onions, and garlic. Because of the creamy texture it has, one might also find chicory root in food items that aren’t typically high in fiber, such as ice cream and yogurt. Gluten-free breads, probiotic and digestive supplements, and protein shakes may also contain inulin.
Chicory root fiber benefits: Inulin is a fiber from chicory root and is a source of soluble fiber and thus passes through the body undigestedand thus contributes to the feeling of satiety after meals. Inulin is considered a “prebiotic,” promoting healthy bacteria growth in the gut. In addition, it may have a positive effect on blood sugar, insulin resistance, and blood triglycerides. Chicory root has virtually a zero glycemic impact on blood sugar, making it a smart choice for people following a low glycemic diet for diabetes or weight loss.
Chicory root fiber yields benefit,but too much may cause bloating and gas in individuals who are sensitive to it. In this case, more is not better though most people can tolerate 5 – 10 grams of inulin without discomfort.
Adding Inulin to Your High-Fiber Diet: The best sources of inulin are from foods that contain it naturally, while those to which inulin is added, such as fiber bars and breads, can be a healthy addition of fiber to one’s diet when eaten in moderation. They should not be intended as a replacement for whole foods that are high in fiber, and be cautious of foods that are highly processed and contain an excess of added sugar.
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