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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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graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 9 years
yep, like spectra, I've learned about inulin through research at work...a lot of these ingredients are just good to look up, if you're worried about them...or ask me, I think I've learned about plenty of them ;)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I actually knew this because I work in the food production industry, so we add inulin to certain processed foods to up the fiber content. It's not a bad idea, but I prefer to get my inulin from its natural sources.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
thanks for the info Fit and thanks for the warning azeemam! Both great things to know
azeemam azeemam 9 years
Just a **WARNING** - they say the thing about "large quantities" but if you have a sensitive stomach beware! I had SUCH bad stomachaches after eating a number of high fiber products and used process of elimination (no pun intended!) to figure out what caused the problem... and it was Inulin. A lot of products have it so now I have to be really careful.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
interesting. i've only started liking luna bars, due to my sister, and only paid attention to the calories. lol. i should tsrat looking more closely at the ingredients.
wiggle wiggle 9 years
I just saw this on a label recently and wanted to know what it is. It is weird to me that they add fiber, but I guess it is good for me.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm with you Reneess3, if I don't know what it is I assume it's bad for me. Good to know.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Good to know. I always assume if I don't know what it is it's probably bad for you haha so this is a pleasant change!
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