Inulin is not digested or absorbed in the stomach. It moves through the digestive system down to the bowels where bacteria
are able to use it to grow.It helps to support the growth of healthy bacteria, which are associated with supporting digestion
improving bowel function and general health.
Inulin decreases the body's ability to store certain kinds of fats and releases an acid, which enters the body and slowly reduces internal fat (visceral fat).
Visceral fat is body fat that is stored around internal organs, such as the heart, liver, pancreas and intestines.
This can contribute to numerous health problems.
It would be necessary to eat unrealistic quantities of lentils and pulses daily to get similar benefits that supplementing your diet with Inulin provides.
Adding Inulin to the diet has been shown to help reduce fat absorption by up to 50%.
All Inulin is not the same, because Inulin is composed of a mixture of oligomers and polymers with different degrees of polymerisation.
What this means is that the composition of inulin in terms of chain length depends on its source.
Chicory root Inulin has a relatively longer chain than other types or sources of Inulin.
This provides several advantages over Inulin with shorter chain lengths.
Inulin can tbe useful in aiding weight loss and lowering cholesterol levels.
Types of Inulin: Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and Inulin
Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and Inulin are comprised of -(glucose-fructose)- subunits.
The difference between FOS and Inulin is the polymer chain length. FOS being a short chain and Inulin a long chain.
Inulin works on both sides of the colon.