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Inulin from Chicory Root


Inulin can be made from a variety of plants including chicory root. It is a soluble fiber that has many uses; it can replace sugar, fat, and flour in many foods. Inulin can mimic the creaminess and mouthfeel of fat. It's low calorie content may even improve calcium absorption and promote intestinal bacteria growth (the "good bacteria"). It is also considered a "prebiotic" and is used in many probiotic foods.

Inulin - Quick Stats

Inulin from Chicory Root

Allergy Information


Texturizer, Fiber, Stabilizer, Fat Substitute, Emulsifier, Bulking Agent

Additional Information

Inulin does not spike blood sugar and does not raise triglycerides and so is suitable for diabetics.

Found In

low-fat ice cream, beverages, yogurt, smoothies, probiotic drinks, high-fiber products, processed foods, dairy products

Possible Health Effects

Inulin is not digested and passes through much of the digestive system intact. Foods containing inulin may cause gas, bloating, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

In The News

7/8/10 - Reuters: Popular Food Additive Can Cause Stomach Ache

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