Chicory root fiber is derived from a plant that belongs to the dandelion family and primarily composed of inulin. Chicory root is a good source of inulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that may support weight loss and improve gut health. It also contains some manganese and vitamin B6, two nutrients tied to brain health.
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Assists With Weight Loss
Foods with inulin often have a lower calorie and fat content than comparable foods without inulin. These foods allow people to eat their favourites while still decreasing overall calorie intake, makes it easier to lose weight without feeling deprived. Most people are more likely to consume chicory root (inulin) in processed foods as an added fiber. Because it can add to the feeling of satiety, common foods like protein powders, low-sugar cereals, and snack-replacement bars frequently contain chicory.
Promotes Healthy Digestion
Chicory root inulin can increase the added fiber content of foods and help promote healthy digestion. Chicory root also has prebiotic qualities, meaning that it can support the growth of beneficial bacteria (called probiotics) in your gut, and this is important, as good gut health has been linked with weight loss, digestive health, improved immune function and optimized nutrient absorption.
Helps Prevent and Manage Diabetes
A 2016 study also found that chicory offer benefits for people with type 2 diabetes. For instance, it appears to improve glucose and calcium stability, reduce blood pressure, and aid in healthy liver function.
Improves Brain Health
Chicory root also contains manganese and vitamin B6, which both play a role in brain health. Brain health becomes even more important with age as older people may find it harder to concentrate or have trouble recalling certain information.