The many talents of fiber
Inulin is a plant-based prebiotic fiber that is neither digested nor absorbed by the body. This allows it to be digested by the good bacteria in your gut and provide nourishing benefits to your body. As a natural prebiotic, it plays an important role in maintaining healthy digestion and decreases the risk of disease. Inulin helps slow digestion, control blood sugar, and increases the feeling of fullness, so you feel better, longer. How satisfying!
What exactly is inulin?
Inulin is a soluble fiber produced naturally by plants, including many fruits and vegetables, as a source of energy. It’s also rich in prebiotic fiber, which promotes a number of benefits to the digestive system. Additionally, inulin is an outstanding ingredient for reasons beyond its obvious health benefits. It’s an emulsifier and naturally sweet, which enabled us to reduce the overall amount of sweeteners needed for our low GI snacks.
What are the benefits?
Fiber is sometimes overshadowed by other more familiar macronutrients, but it is the key to healthy digestion and weight management. So why do you need more fiber in your diet? Here are a few of the top reasons why:
Maintains Healthy Digestion
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body does not digest. It makes its way further through the digestive system than other nutrients and is fermented by the good bacteria that live in your body. Maintaining healthy microbiota is key to preventing the bad bacteria from thriving and protects you from disease and infection. Essentially, inulin helps keep your gut flora happy and healthy.
Fiber from inulin also helps the body better absorb nutrients by slowing digestion. As a result, you feel better and get more out of the food you eat.
Controls Blood Sugar
We all can benefit from a diet rich in fiber, like inulin, particularly people with prediabetes and diabetes. Slower digestion positively affects how your body absorbs nutrients like carbohydrates. When the sugar from carbohydrates is released more slowly, it helps sustain blood sugar levels. In turn, you benefit from a steady output of energy over a longer period of time.
Supports Weight Management
Fiber has no caloric value, yet it helps you feel full, so you eat less. Inulin slows digestion and the release of sugars from carbohydrates that power your body. The steady stream of sugar into your bloodstream gives you the energy you need and staves off hunger longer.
Why add prebiotic fiber to your products?
In general, we don’t consume nearly enough fiber each day. We wanted to contribute to reducing the “fiber gap” by making it easy to increase the amount of dietary fiber intake in a delicious way. While all fiber is an important part of a balanced diet, prebiotic fiber is specifically beneficial because it fuels the good bacteria in your gut.