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What’s low in calories, improves digestion, alleviates constipation, helps weight loss?

What’s low in calories, improves digestion by helping good bacteria grow in the gut, helps alleviate constipation, helps weight loss, boosts heart health and can help to control diabetes?

The answer is - Inulin!

Wow! If you need any of the above, Inulin is certainly something to consider adding to your food. I came across Inulin whilst looking into sources of fibre and found out that it is a type of soluble fibre that is found in many plants. You can, of course, buy it as a supplement and it looks like a fine white powder.

Inulin is classified as a "fructan" which means that it consists of chains of fructose molecules. These molecules are unable to be digested by your small intestine so they travel to your lower gut, taking with them toxins, waste, fat and cholesterol particles. Once there, they act as a prebiotic.

Inulin won’t raise your blood sugar as the body cannot break down its carbohydrates. It therefore will not cause insulin to be secreted. So if you’re keeping an eye on your sugar levels/ketones, Inulin is not a problem.

Inulin can be found in whole foods, but in small amounts (asparagus, chicory root, garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichoke etc), so to be sure to get the grammage you need you can buy a supplement.

Start with a very small amount over 1-2 weeks to see if Inulin suits you (1-2g), then increase it gradually over 2-4 weeks. If you take too much too soon, you may experience some gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, loose stools or possibly diarrhoea - so go slow!

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