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Common Food Ingredient Inulin Explained

Label Able: Inulin

I admit that I'm a huge label reader and I've even been re-reading labels from foods I've been enjoying for years. Before working out, I was chomping on a Luna Bar and in the list of ingredients, I saw inulin.

You'll be pleased to know that inulin is a form of soluble fiber found naturally in many foods such as bananas, leeks, artichokes, asparagus, wheat, and onions. The inulin found in Luna Bars actually comes from the leaves of the chicory plant, or endive. Some manufacturers choose to add inulin as a form of fiber because it has many health benefits. It promotes healthy bacteria in your digestive system, and since it's fiber, it helps with digestion and prevents constipation. Inulin is also good for your bones because it can increase calcium absorption. Since inulin isn't digested, it has no effect on blood sugar levels, so it's safe for diabetics.

The only thing you need to worry about when it comes to inulin is that if it's consumed in large quantities, it can cause bloating and gas. Good to know.

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