inulin

noun
in·u·lin | \ˈin-yə-lən \

Definition of inulin 

: a white, mildly sweet, indigestible polysaccharide that occurs chiefly in the roots or tubers of various plants (such as chicory or Jersusalem artichoke), that on hydrolysis yields levulose, and that is used as an additive in low-fat and low-sugar foods to improve the flavor and texture, and as a diagnostic agent in a test for kidney function

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Very high fiber breads are often fortified with a type of fiber known as inulin or chicory root fiber. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to buy bread like a (nutrition) pro," 27 Feb. 2018 Other high-fiber foods that pack lots of inulin include asparagus and most leafy greens. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "We're Serious! The Healthy Way to Eat Bacon," 18 Apr. 2014 Even healthy-sounding cereals can contain natural sweeteners such as chicory root or inulin, ingredients that can trigger gas and residual bloating. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "12 Things to Eat for a Flatter Stomach," 6 Aug. 2015 Also known as sunchokes, these root vegetables are high in inulin, a prebiotic that promotes good bacteria in your body. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "We're Serious! The Healthy Way to Eat Bacon," 18 Apr. 2014

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First Known Use of inulin

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inulin

probably from German Inulin, from Latin inula elecampane

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inulin

noun
in·u·lin | \ˈin-yə-lən \

Medical Definition of inulin 

: a white mildly sweet plant polysaccharide that resists digestion in the stomach and small intestine, is extracted commercially especially from the roots and rhizomes of composite plants (as chicory), and is used as a source of levulose, as a diagnostic agent in a test for kidney function, and as a food additive to improve the flavor and texture of low-fat and low-sugar processed foods — see oligofructose

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