Inulin Organic Prebiotic Fibre
Inulin is a dietary fibre or prebiotic that may benefit gut health. New research has found that dietary prebiotics can improve sleep and inulin shot to fame when the BBC aired their documentary 'The Truth About Sleep' in which insomniac Dr Michael Mosley found that the best way to fall asleep was to take a prebiotic fibre before he went to bed.
Available in 250g and 500g.
Inulin is a type of soluble fibre, which absorbs water and is commonly found in a variety of vegetables.
Inulin belongs to a class of carbohydrates known as fructans, meaning that they’re made up of fructose molecules that are specifically linked together to prevent digestion within the small intestine. Instead of being digested, inulin travels to the gut, where it acts as a prebiotic. Prebiotics help to feed and increase the number of good bacteria within our digestive system.
Inulin can be found in over 3000 vegetables but the primary sources of it come from foods such as garlic, asparagus roots, Jerusalem artichoke and chicory root, which all possess a 15-20% inulin content. Inulin can also be found in a range of more commonly consumed foods such as bananas, onions, leeks, and barley although many of these only possess a 1-5% inulin content.
Given that many of us don't get enough fibre (the UK average is just 18g a day and you should aim for at least 30g a day) many can find it difficult to obtain enough soluble fibre within their diet. As such, it may be beneficial to consume inulin in the form of a supplement.
Inulin contains 90% dietary fibre and 1 tsp of Inulin will provide 4.5g of fibre.