Inulin - a soluble fiber - has a growing reputation for health benefits
Inulin is a natural soluble dietary fiber, which is derived from chicory root. (It’s also naturally found in fruits and vegetables such as bananas, garlic, jicama, onions and Jeruseleum artichokes). Inulin has many health benefits, including the promotion of digestive health. It does two key things:
First – it increases the activity of the beneficial bacteria in the gut, by acting as a “food” for the good bacteria (“probiotics”) in your digestive system. (Because of this, it’s known as a “prebiotic”).
Second - by keeping the good bacteria alive and functioning, it helps to promote digestive health and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut .
If inulin did nothing else, it would be valuable for that reason alone. But new research is showing that inulin has even more health benefits. Fiber from inulin can boost bone strength, help control blood sugar levels and may even reduce cholesterol..You can find inulin as a key ingredient in Atkins Advantage nutrition bars.