Inulin is naturally produced and used by plants for energy. It’s an excellent source of fibre which has incredible health benefits for humans and as a result is being added to food products.
Benefits of Inulin
Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that our body is unable to digest as it moves through the digestive system. it finally finishes up in the colon where it serves as a food for the good bacteria located there.
The fibre in inulin is soluble and dissolves in the stomach to form a gelatinous substance that:
- Increases fulness and satiety
- Slows down digestion
- Reduces cholesterol absorption
- Helps to increase the frequency of bowel movements
Our gut contains a multitude of bacteria and inulin supports healthy digestion by helping to increase the good amount of bacteria present in the system including bifidobacteria and Lactobacili. These bacteria help to fight off pathogens, prevent infection and prime the immune system.
As inulin slows the digestion of sugars it helps to improve blood sugar levels and as a fibre it has also been linked to lowering the risk of bowel cancer.
Where to find Inulin
Inulin can be found naturally in certain foods and also in supplements.
For foods look to include sugar beets, bananas, leeks, asparagus, onions and garlic in your diet.