It may look like "insulin," but that isn't a typo in the title. In fact, inulin is a carbohydrate – a long-chain sugar – that is used to store energy in the roots of certain plants, like starch stores the energy in potatoes.
Unlike starch and most other carbs, however, inulin isn't broken down in the digestive tract, which means it has only a small impact on blood sugar - and very few calories. Inulin also improves the health of the colon by feeding healthy bifidobacteria in the intestine, helps with mineral absorption, and may even combat cancer.
Other benefits of Inulin: Calcium, Magnesium, Immune Function and Cancer
Although research on inulin continues, there is evidence that inulin:
- improves calcium and magnesium absorption
- reduces the risk of colon cancer
- supports immunity