What’s inulin?

April 12, 2018 7:39 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We now stock inulin powder from Golden Greens Organic as part of our Superfoods range. But do you know what it is – and how to use it?

We now stock inulin powder - good for digestive problems

Inulin is a soluble fibre made up of chains of fructose molecules

 

Inulin is a type of soluble fibre found in many kinds of plants. It’s a ‘fructan’, a kind of fibre made up of chains of fructose molecules that can’t be digested by the small intestine. Passing through the intestine, it travels to the lower gut, where it works as a prebiotic, promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria. It’s also known to increase calcium absorption within the body.

Inulin is mostly taken by people who are struggling to get enough fibre in their diet. Many people in the UK have diets that are lower in fibre than they should be – with some suffering from constipation and digestive issues as a result. A teaspoonful of inulin a day is an easy way to redress your body’s balance.

Inulin is also sometimes taken to help control diabetes. Its mildly sweet taste makes it a good alternative to refined sugar; as our bodies have only limited ability to process fructans, it has a minimal impact on blood sugar levels. However, it should only be taken medicinally following advice from a doctor.

How do you take inulin?

Like many of our superfood powders, this is a supplement, rather than a foodstuff in its own right. It’s recommended that you take no more than 5g (1 tsp) daily. This can be mixed with water or juice, sprinkled over food or incorporated into a smoothie.

The inulin we stock at Naturally Good Food is organic, free from GMOs and is gluten-free. Each pouch contains 50 servings.

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Inulin may have one final, unexpected effect. According to Dr Michael Mosley of the BBC’s Trust me, I’m a Doctor, if taken 90 minutes before going to bed, it has a wonderful impact on sleep patterns, promoting restful, healthy, deep, natural sleep. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience concluded that ‘Dietary prebiotics can improve non-REM sleep as well as REM sleep after a stressful event’.

So inulin: it’s good for your gut, good for your butt and good for shut-eye, too!

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