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   Posted 2/6/2006 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

lately ive been hearing more and more about inulin. i first heard about in a newsletter from (link removed) dreamfields pasta. they are the only pasta brand that uses inulin. dreamfields has been a mainstay in our household for a long time. my mother, a type one diabetic, loves it and has no problem eating the pasta dishes i fix to help me maintain my weight on a low carb diet. i was really just wondering if anyone knew anything about inulin? or what other foods use it? i know it occurs naturally in some vegetables, but are there any other companies advertising the use of inulin? i have done a little bit of research on inulin.

What is the special fiber called Inulin?
Inulin, unlike insulin, is a naturally-occurring, plant storage non-digestible carbohydrate found in over 36,000 plants worldwide. It helps control insulin levels in the body. Inulin naturally occurs in cereal grains, onions, asparagus, tomatoes, bananas, raisins, garlic and many other commonly consumed plants. Unlike normal starch, Inulin is not digested by the body, but is used as preferred food (dietary fiber) by a select group of health-promoting bacteria called lactic-acid producing bacteria (bifidobacteria and lactobacilli); the same bacteria as those found as active cultures in many yogurts and fermented dairy products. These bacteria grow and produce fermentation products to help support a healthy immune system, modulate glucose and lipid metabolism in the liver, help improve calcium absorption, and help keep the colon functioning properly for recycling of water and electrolytes.

is there more i should know about it for my mother's sake?

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Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 2/6/2006 11:39:47 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/6/2006 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Inulin is found in a huge variety of foods and there is lots of info about it.
A report from the Journal of Nutrition concerning inulin.
Very technical explanation of inulins and their effect on blood glucose, tryglycerides and a bunch of other health stuff
Allergic reactions to foods containing inulin

If you read some of the info on these links you may find that you don't need to purchase special products containing inulin. You can get it in some things naturally. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

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