What are some health benefits of inulin?

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Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Products containing inulin -- a polyfructose (meaning several fructose chain) or fructan carbohydrate, which from a nutrition standpoint is known for its fiber and prebiotic benefits -- can provide health benefits for diabetics, persons with elevated cholesterol levels (including triglycerides), with fatty liver, and at risk for colon cancer.

For healthy individuals (especially digestive tracts), inulin can improve the body's ability to retain bifidobacteria and lactobacillus probiotics which have a host of health benefits as well.

Consider using foods containing inulin such as burdock, Jerusalem artichoke (sunchokes) and chicory roots for their inulin content.

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