What Is It? A Look at Strange-Sounding Ingredients in Your Food (Page 3)

What Is Inulin?

What Is Inulin?

Typically Found In: Yogurt, pasta, cereal bars
What We Discovered: Not to be confused with insulin, a hormone key in regulating blood sugar, inulin is a type of fiber found in many plants. Harvested from chicory root, inulin adds fiber to processed foods, creaminess to reduced-fat products and may increase feelings of fullness. Plus it’s a "prebiotic"—contributing to beneficial gut bacteria—and may reduce type 2 diabetes risk and increase calcium absorption. But eat more than 10 grams and it may do a number on your GI system.

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