Chicory root is widely known for its health benefits. But what exactly is it? Chicory is a member of the dandelion family and has a light-blue flower. You might find its leaves in salads or accompanying pasta and meat dishes. The root not only looks but tastes similar to coffee once ground and brewed. That’s why during WWII when coffee beans were in short supply, chicory was used as a substitute, though chicory contains no caffeine.
When it’s not masquerading as your favorite morning pick-me-up, chicory root is a popular source of dietary fiber. It’s found in a variety of products including cereals, breakfast bars, and fiber supplements. Chicory root is high in inulin, a prebiotic fiber, which can provide a host of digestive and general health benefits. Chicory is a natural source of soluble dietary fiber and has been shown to aid in regularity.1 Furthermore, people with diabetes can benefit from chicory root because it is a zero on the glycemic index.
If you’re interested in trying chicory root and experiencing some of its invaluable health benefits, you may wonder, “How can I get my hands on some?” Organic chicory root is available in most health food stores and from various online retailers. You can purchase it in different forms, including ground (for use as a coffee substitute), and raw, for different cooking purposes. For a convenient source of inulin fiber, explore the different forms and flavors of Fiber Choice® daily dietary supplements. Learn more about #1 gastroenterologist recommended Fiber Choice today.‡
1 Micka A, et al. Effect of consumption of chicory inulin on bowel function in healthy subjects with constipation: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. August 2007; 68:1, 82-89.
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