in·​u·​lin | \ ˈin-yə-lən How to pronounce inulin (audio) \

Definition of inulin

: a white, mildly sweet, indigestible polysaccharide that occurs chiefly in the roots or tubers of various plants (such as chicory or Jerusalem 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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Recent Examples on the Web Our bodies are less equipped to break down inulin, so eating raw Jerusalem artichokes, or eating too many of them, can cause gastrointestinal distress. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2020 Unlike potatoes, that are rich in starch, Jerusalem artichokes are full of another carbohydrate called inulin. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2020 Since inulin is a soluble fiber that holds water, it can be used as a low-calorie option to replace fat in certain recipes. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, 3 Feb. 2020 But inulin is an enormous molecule, and yeasts prefer to feast on dainty morsels. Ali Bouzari,, 30 Dec. 2019 Blue agaves amass fat caches of inulin but are unlike other species that guard those riches with tough fibers and harsh-smelling chemical deterrents. Ali Bouzari,, 30 Dec. 2019 Look out for chicory root, inulin, chicory root fiber, chicory root extract, or oligofructose on the ingredients label, per the FDA. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 24 Sep. 2019 Examples of these ingredients include (but aren’t limited to) soy protein isolate, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, gluten, maltodextrin, inulin, and gums. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2019 The amount of inulin that’s tolerated seems to vary from person to person. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, 12 June 2019 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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in·​u·​lin | \ ˈin-yə-lən How to pronounce inulin (audio) \

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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