Natural Sources of Inulin

natural sources of inulin

Troo Granola and Troo Spoonful of Fibre both contain Chicory root Fibre Syrup – or inulin.

What is Inulin?

Inulin is naturally occuring super high fibre and is a great source of prebiotics to feed and nourish your good gut bacteria. There is so much science to support the health benefits.  You can read more about the health benefits in our earlier post.

It is a soluble fibre, one of three types of dietary fibre (also insoluble and resistant starch.  This is because it dissolves in water creating a jelly like substance. However, even though it is soluble, it is not broken down in normal digestion.  Unlike other sweeteners, it is not broken down into  monosaccharides and so it does not cause blood sugar levels to rise and so could be helpful in the management of diabetes.

Inulin also nourishes the good bacteria gut.  It passes through the whole stomach and duodenum with being digested and so is readily available for the bacteria to enjoy. This makes it similar to resistant starch and other fermentable carbohydrates.

That’s why we use Chicory Root Fibre in our products.  Each 45g bowl of Troo Granola has approximately 6g of inulin; whilst Troo Spoonful of Fibre is completely derived from Chicory Root. The reason for using inulin is to provide a pleasant delicately sweet taste; but importantly to add the prebiotic fibre.

Is it natural?

Inulin  is a natural storage carbohydrate found in more than 36,000 species of plants – but none in such abundance as Chicory Root. Jerusalem Artichoke and Garlic are also strong providers of inulin; with leeks, onions and asparagus smaller contributors.  For these plants, inulin is used as an energy reserve and to regulate their resistance to cold temperatures.

Although many of you may not have heard of it, it was discovered in 1804 by German scientist Valentin Rose.  There is lots of science behind it – just google it and see the evidence, but there is still more exciting news to come about this ingredient as well as gut health in general.