Examining food product label is a good habit. By doing so, one can avoid unwanted preservatives and ingredients that might cause allergies such as peanuts, shrimp and metabisulfites. Though it is not a sure thing cause some manufacturers might omit some food components.
Manufacturers who do the bad things are hard to hard to identify. No one will admit and screening every products for individual components is very hard and costly.
While examining the long ingredient list of Nestle Nesvita, my attention was caught by this new term, new for me. The inulin, sounds like insulin but it is really inulin. I have completely no idea about it. It can be a preservative, flavor, color, a nutrient fortification or just a non-sense filler. I did some research work to know about it.
Inulin is naturally found in fruits and vegetables. We are consuming it everyday unknowingly . The most used source is the chicory root and it is one of the best so far. It is processed through natural extraction and no chemical alteration or addition involved.
Here are some benefits of inulin:
1) It can replace fat, flour and sugar. It does not add to calorie intake.
2) Considered as phytonutrient and may help the body fill the insulin needs.
3) Increase calcium and magnesium absorption. It good for bone health and might prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
4) A prebiotic. It promotes the growth of intestinal bacteria. Inulin intake together with probiotic Lactobacillus casei (Yakult, Chamyto) might be a good practice.
5) A source of soluble fibers that promotes overall health.
6) It prevents the irritable bowel movement syndrome.
Over consumption may result to bloating. No other recorded side effects.