Inulin is obtained from chicory roots, and is used as a functional food ingredient that offers a unique combination of interesting nutritional properties and important technological benefits. In food formulations, inulin significantly improves the organoleptic characteristics, allowing an upgrading of both taste and mouthfeel in a wide range of applications.
Properties of inulin-
It is a soluble dietary fiber.
Promotes bowel movements by regulating intestinal transit.
It stimulates the growth of intestinal flora.
It has a prebiotic activity as it promotes the growth of microorganisms beneficial to health.
Improves absorption of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, etc.
Helps balance insulin levels in the blood.
It has a low calorific value.
Improves overall sense of well being in the person.
The inulin inhibits the accumulation of triglycerides in the liver, thus reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.