The benefits of Inulin – a healthful prebiotic

If you’ve enjoyed a delicious South Australian Gourmet Food Company Fruit Custard with added fibre you may have noticed the word inulin in the ingredients. This is the dietary fibre selected to provide you with 10.9g of fibre per serve. Inulin is a type of soluble fibre which helps to increase the bulk of your stool and make it more comfortable to pass. The health benefits inulin provides your body do not end there…

Promoting growth of good bacteria

Inulin has been shown to promote a type of good bacteria strain that is known as bifidobacterial. This bacteria eats the inulin which is a prebiotic or food for this type of bacteria. They produce signals in the form of short-chain fatty acids that support your entire body’s health.

No effects on blood sugar levels

Inulin is great for anyone wanting sustained energy release and healthy levels of sugar and insulin release after a meal. Insulin is the hormone that is released to take sugar out of your blood into your cells. Having too much insulin released over a long period can lead to insulin resistance and may lead to the development of type two diabetes.

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Improved Enjoyment

Inulin improves how the food feels in your mouth as well as sweetness and flavour in low-fat foods.

Assists lowering ‘Bad’ Cholesterol

Inulin may help reduce a ‘bad’ type of cholesterol called triglycerides and total cholesterol.

Promotes calcium absorption

Including inulin in a milk-based meal or beverage may allow more calcium to be absorbed.

Optimise Your Immune System

Inulin may promote a better working immune system by acting as a prebiotic. It may also positively affect your gut mucosa, the part where the good bacteria receive their prebiotic food and fight off pathogens. Some research suggests that different types of fibre bind to specific parts of the cells of your immune system.

Inulin is a type of soluble fiber found in many plants. Inulin is also fructan. Like other fructans, it is a prebiotic, meaning that it feeds the good bacteria in the gut. Fructans are chains of fructose molecules. The molecules link together in a way that the small intestine cannot break down. Instead, they travel to the lower gut, where they feed beneficial gut bacteria. The gut bacteria convert inulin and other prebiotics into short-chain fatty acids, which nourish colon cells and provide various other health benefits.