Inulin fiber is a dietary compound with substantial health benefits. It can reduce obesity, diabetes, anxiety and constipation. So what is inulin and why is it so helpful to us?
Inulin is a sugar or fat substitute that is a common prebiotic found in foods with high amounts of dietary fiber. It is a naturally occurring chain of sugar molecules, commonly found in foods such as chicory, garlic or bananas. It can also be purchased as a nutritional supplement and consumed on its own. Inulin is useful in that it is able to pass through the small intestine undigested, in order to be consumed by bacteria in the large intestine. In the large intestine it provides food for your microbes to flourish and thus provides benefits to the rest of your body.