inulin

noun
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 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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Why Some Bars Make You Crampy, Farty, and Bloated," 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, "Ask an RD: What is processed food and just how bad is it?," 5 Aug. 2019 The amount of inulin that’s tolerated seems to vary from person to person. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What is inulin, and why is it showing up in so many food products?," 12 June 2019 One of the most prevalent fiber-boosting ingredients is inulin. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What is inulin, and why is it showing up in so many food products?," 12 June 2019 Randal Buddington, professor at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, likens increasing your inulin intake to exercising more. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "What is inulin, and why is it showing up in so many food products?," 12 June 2019 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

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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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22 Nov 2019

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“Inulin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inulin. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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inulin

noun
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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