When we launched our new Spring menu in September of this year, we added Inulin (not to be confused with insulin! powder to our meals to increase the fibre content (we are always making sure we are bringing you the best possible product).
So what is Inulin?
Inulin is a supplement (usually in powder form which is what we use) which is added to foods to increase fibre content. It is made from chicory root fiber, a natural dietary fiber that is extracted using hot water from a plant that's part of the dandelion family.
Inulin has digestive benefits. A blend of short- and long-chain inulin has been shown to reduce discomfort and help with constipation. The fiber increases the amounts of beneficial bacterias in the gut also.
It may also help to reduce calorie intake and blood-sugar levels and increase calcium absorption. Getting 12 grams of inulin a day has been shown to help promote regular bowel movements also.
Inulin can be found naturally in foods such as:
Of course still the best way to increase your fibre intake is to include a salad or steamed veggies in your diet each day. Although our meals are a larger serving and don't need anything added, eating extra veggies is definately good for your health!
Inulin is being added to many foods these days, and companies don't have to advise it in their ingredient list - it's always best to check with your health professional as to how much inulin is ok for you.