What Is The Chicory Root?
The chicory root is a plant that produces bright blue flowers. It is in the dandelion family. The root has very high levels of inulin, a compound that can serve as a prebiotic. Inulin is a soluble fiber that your digestive system cannot break down.
Chicory Root Testing
The benefits of the chicory root are numerous. Researchers set out to examine the root’s effects on blood sugar levels. In a double-blind test, the participants that took chicory root extract regularly had improved A1C levels over those that did not.
While the study found no influence on fasting glucose levels, the improvements to the A1C point to the root’s benefits for individuals looking to regulate their glucose levels. Additionally, the participants who took chicory root had more regular bowel movements.
History Of The Herb
Chicory root is a very hardy plant that is designed to withstand harsh temperatures. For hundreds of years, people have been using chicory root as a coffee substitute and herb.
Chicory Root As A Source Of Inulin
Inulin is a type of fiber. Chicory root inulin cannot be processed by your small intestine, making it travel to the large intestine where it pulls out bad bacteria from your digestive tract. Inulin is a water-soluble fiber, meaning it can hold water.
Because inulin moves through your body slowly, it can also help you feel full, longer. You’ll find inulin in many high-fiber energy bars and cereals. One reason for this is that fiber does not contain calories. While protein can keep you feeling full longer, it does contain calories making it less ideal in some circumstances for those looking to lose weight. The high fiber content of inulin enables you to feel full longer without consuming additional calories.
What Is Inulin?
Inulin is also a calorie-free sweetener. You can purchase powdered inulin to use as a sweetener if you’re looking for a low-carb option.
And, because inulin has such a pleasant and robust taste, it was used as a “coffee extender” during shortages. Chicory root was more readily available than coffee beans throughout history, helping it serve as a stand-in when needed.
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