Inulin – What is it?
If you watched BBC’s ‘How to Stay Young’ then you’ll have heard about Inulin fibre and its benefits, if you didn’t then don’t worry because this blog post is going to explain to you exactly what it is and why it should be part of your healthy diet.
What is it Inulin?
It is a soluble fibre that can be naturally occurs in foods such as artichokes, agave, asparagus, bananas, garlic, leeks, lentils and onions among others. It’s high in fibre, low in calories and has a wealth of health benefits.
Why Should include it in my diet?
With a number of health benefits, you should definitely try to up your inulin intake. It is a natural antidote to visceral fat which is stored around our abdomen, surrounding important internal organs like the liver, pancreas and intestines. Storing high amounts of visceral fat can potentially increase the risk of health problems including type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which is why we should do what we can to reduce it!
Because it slows digestion, inulin can help to control your blood sugar because it means sugar is released slowly instead of spiking, and there is research to suggest this makes inulin good for weight management.
Inulin stimulates the good bacteria in your gut to grow which helps to fend off unwanted pathogens, prevent infection and stimulate your immune system – promoting overall good digestive health. There is research to suggest that inulin can also help your body to better absorb calcium which is essential for strong bones.
How do I include it in my diet?
While inulin does naturally occur in a variety of foods you may need to eat a huge amount of such foods to experience the benefits. However, you can get it as a supplement, such as this Inulin Powder from Greens Organic – it’s vegan, certified organic and gluten free! You don’t need a lot, just 1 teaspoon a day sprinkled over food or added to a smoothie will do.