According to paleontologists, thousands of years ago our ancestors consumed as much as 135 grams of inulin per day.
Mostly, they got that high dose of inulin from eating roots and tubers.
If you’re wondering what inulin is, here’s the short answer:
“Inulin is a water-soluble storage polysaccharide and belongs to a group of non-digestible carbohydrates called fructans.”
In simple English that means, it’s a vegetable fiber that we cannot digest in the small intestine, so it passes through and acts like a prebiotic for the microbiota (bacteria) in your large intestine.
Research indicates that consumption of inulin increases calcium absorption, reduces sweet cravings, regulates blood sugar, and promotes regular bowel movements.
Those are all pretty good reasons to get some of this type of fiber into your diet.
BUT, even with all of those good benefits, always remember that moderation is key.
Too much inulin can contribute to bloating, gas and, gut pain.
This is one of the reasons why I don’t recommend inulin supplements.
Instead, you can get a healthy dose of inulin by incorporating these types of foods into your diet.
- Burdock root
- Chicory root
- Dandelion root
- Leeks, onion, and garlic
- Rye, barley and wheat
- Jerusalem Artichoke (aka Jerusalem Fartichoke if you eat too many)
If you don’t have the time or energy to cook, and still want some of this healthy fiber in your diet, you can always enjoy a simple cup of coffee alternative that contains chicory root, dandelion root, and/or roasted barley.
Roasted non-coffee drinks are totally delicious, very satisfying, and will feed your body what it needs to thrive. I love em!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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