You may not have heard of Inulin, but it boasts a variety of benefits and uses that make it a great source of fibre to incorporate into your diet.
Derived primarily from chicory root (found in our Organic Chicory & Cordyceps Dark Roast product), inulin is found in a handful of different fruits, vegetables and herbs.
What is inulin?
Known as a type of prebiotic, inulin is part of a group of dietary fibres called fructans, boasting an average of 85g of fibre per 100g.
Prebiotics are like fertiliser for our gut microbiome, and can help improve digestive health, boost the immune system, and even aid in weight loss. When consumed regularly, inulin has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, lower cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation.
Not to be confused with insulin, this fibrous powder provides increased gut health, doing great things to your body without you even realising.
Whilst it might sound odd at first, inulin isn’t digested in the body and instead remains as a whole entity, travelling through the digestive system to the large intestine where it mixes with gut bacteria – the good kind.
What are the benefits of inulin?
Inulin, which is found in our Organic Chicory & Cordyceps Dark Roast product, comes with a wide range of benefits, but these can only be achieved when consumed in moderation, as over-exposure to fructans can have the opposite effect as intended.
One of the main pros of adding inulin to your diet is the effect it has on digestion, ultimately easing constipation and enabling food to pass through your body.
It’s also useful when looking for a product that will promote nutrient absorption, with it helping the body soak in both magnesium and calcium at a higher level than usual.
Inulin is also a low-glycemic index (GI) carbohydrate, which means it doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels. This makes it a great option for people with diabetes or those who are watching their blood sugar levels. For individuals with Type 2 Diabetes inulin has proven to improve their condition by lowering blood sugar levels and has been linked to belly fat loss.
Inulin’s main function is stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria, nourishing gut microbes inside the stomach as well as aiding other internal organs to carry out their bodily functions in a more efficient manner.
How can inulin be used?
Thanks to its subtle-yet-sweet taste, inulin has universal uses and can be added to a whole host of edible delights as well as being one of the natural ingredients of our Organic Chicory & Cordyceps Dark Roast product.
One of the best ways to add it into your diet is to drink at least one cup of Organic Chicory & Cordyceps Dark Roast each day.
By consuming inulin within a chicory coffee alternative the product can help to improve your cognitive function. Inulin has been shown to increase the production of short-chain fatty acids, which are important for brain health. These fatty acids have been linked to improved memory and cognitive function, and may even help protect against age-related cognitive decline.
By incorporating chicory coffee alternative into your diet you can easily add inulin into your daily routine. It can be brewed just like regular coffee and can be enjoyed hot or cold. It also has a lower acidity level than traditional coffee, which means it’s gentler on the stomach and less likely to cause acid reflux.
The inulin in our Organic Chicory & Cordyceps Dark Roast coffee alternative can improve gut health, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and even improve liver health and cognitive function.