The Full Scoop On Inulin
You’ve probably heard a bit of buzz around inulin, which was featured on ABC’s “How to Stay Young” last week.
If you’re wondering what exactly inulin is and what it does, keep reading! We’ve broken it down for you so by the time you’ve finished reading this you’ll have everything you need to know!
What is inulin?
Inulin is a carbohydrate naturally present in many vegetables, fruits and cereals, including leek, onion, garlic, wheat, chicory, artichoke and banana. It is metabolised by the human body as a dietary fibre (soluble fibre). The great part is, it has a lower calorie content than digestible carbohydrates and fibre as it is not digested in the upper gastrointestinal tract!
What does inulin do?
Inulin’s main feature is its prebiotic function as a soluble fibre. Prebiotics work by promoting the growth of specific beneficial probiotic gut bacteria, delivering a beneficial physiological effect on the host (Kelly, 2008).
What does inulin look and taste like?
The most common form of inulin is as a fine white powder which easily dissolves in water. It can also come in tablets or liquid form. Inulin has a neutral, slightly sweet taste making it a perfect addition in various foods.
How can I incorporate inulin into my diet?
As mentioned in ABC’s “How to Stay Young”, consuming more high resistant starch, particularly chickpeas and lentils will naturally increase your inulin intake. Also, by increasing your intake of vegetables and fruits, you’ll be incorporating more inulin into your diet. Morlife’s Inulin Powder is a convenient way to add inulin to various foods to boost your nutritional intake. Add up to 10g of inulin powder into juices, smoothies, yoghurts, salad dressings and in cooking & baking.
Kelly G, 2008, ‘Inulin-Type Prebiotics-A Review: Part 1’, Alternative Medicine Review, vol.13(4), p315