What are chicory root fibres?
Chicory root fibres are natural ingredients extracted from the roots of the chicory plant. These soluble dietary fibres are well-appreciated ingredients in the food industry, due to their proven beneficial prebiotic effect, along with their taste and texture enhancing qualities.
The chicory root is the main commercial source of inulin and oligofructose. These natural ingredients are also present in many other fruits and vegetables. As such, they have been part of the human diet for centuries.
Nutritional benefits and research
Chicory root fibres support a healthy gut microbiota as they are selectively fermented by beneficial bacteria in the gut, which is linked to multiple positive health effects for humans.
Digestive health is important for general well-being. Prebiotic chicory root fibres benefit bowel function and digestive comfort.
Blood glucose management
Chicory root fibres do not contribute to a rise in blood sugar. Replacing rapidly absorbed sugars by chicory root fibres reduce blood glucose response.
Mineral absorption and bone health
Calcium is important for bone health, but dietary calcium is only partially absorbed. Studies show that chicory root fibres can enhance calcium absorption.
Weight management and metabolism
Chicory root fibres can reduce food calories by replacing sugar and /or fat, but may also help people eat less by regulating satiety.
Prebiotic chicory root fibres can support our inner defence in various ways.
Nutrition research is moving ahead continuously, exploring new options for health promoting nutritional interventions. Prebiotics show promising results.