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What precautions are advised for eating Jerusalem artichoke?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Since the majority of carbohydrate in Jerusalem artichoke is inulin, these tubers may, like beans, cause flatulence in some people, so try them in small amounts initially. For those sensitive to gas-producing foods, a good deal of the inulin Jerusalem artichokes contain can be leached out by either boiling or freezing the tubers before cooking. Also, those who suffer from allergies to daisies or other members of the Compositae family may wish to avoid Jerusalem artichokes. There has been one unusual case of an allergic reaction involving swelling and breathing difficulties linked to inulin.

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