What Are the Benefits of Inulin Powder?
The main uses for inulin powder are to help dieters with weight loss, those suffering from constipation, and also for reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. It's a naturally sweet ingredient that goes well in many drinks and foods. People use it in the place of corn syrup or sprinkle it on their fruit and oatmeal
What is inulin powder? Wildly Organic's agave inulin is one of those ingredients with multiple potential benefits. In fact, it's one of our top seven natural sweeteners that are healthier than refined sugar. It’s high in fiber and is a source of resistant starch. Resistant starch feeds the good bacteria in your gut, potentially improving overall gut health and promoting healthy digestion.
Inulin is low on the glycemic index. It adds sweetness to recipes without skyrocketing blood sugar. Additionally, inulin is water soluble. This is especially important for some sugar alternatives. Agave inulin completely dissolves in water. It is easy to use in recipes without resulting in a strange texture.
10 Ways to Use Inulin Powder Everyday
1. Add inulin to coffee or other hot drinks
Since it's water soluble, inulin will dissolve straight into your hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate without clumping or leaving a funny texture. You must try this delicious high fiber apple cider with inulin. It’s an excellent and easy way to get your resistant starch every day without even noticing.
2. Add inulin to a smoothie
For an extra gut-healthy punch, try adding inulin to a kefir smoothie.
3. Replace corn syrup
Stir two cups of agave inulin powder into one cup of water and warm slowly over low heat until the mixture becomes slightly thicker. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
4. Partially replace sugar in baking
You can replace up to 50% of sugar in recipes with inulin when you bake. This is helpful for two reasons. First, you can break a sugar habit by learning to appreciate less sweet foods. Second, inulin sweetener adds sweetness without too much bulk, so you don't have to re-calculate wet ingredients in baked goods. Try inulin in these gluten-free pumpkin-cranberry prebiotic cookies for a good example of inulin use when banking.
5. Sprinkle inulin on fruit
This is any easy way to add prebiotics and fiber to a fruit salad.
6. Use inulin to glaze meat
Inulin gives ham, turkey, and chicken that sticky, finger-licking good texture without tons of sugar. Here's our delicious inulin glaze recipe.
7. Glaze carrots with inulin & butter
Steam half a pound of carrots and toss with two tablespoons of inulin syrup and three tablespoons of melted butter. Or you can use our inulin meat glaze over other roasted vegetables.
8. Add inulin to cold drinks
For a refreshing fiber and prebiotic boost, inulin can be added to iced tea, spritzers, and other cold drinks. Try adding it to our cranberry-lemon mocktail for a delicious treat.
9. Use inulin at breakfast
Sprinkle a bit of agave inulin on cold cereal or oatmeal before adding milk. You can also try these fiber-rich "busy morning" breakfast bars. With lots of protein and fiber, you can be sure that your entire family is starting the day off on the right foot.
10. Use it as a medicine chaser
My kids hate to take any kind of medicine or supplement that doesn't taste good (I do, too!). So we usually let them chase it with something sweet, like a spoon of honey. Last week, I tried a spoonful of inulin powder after something particularly nasty tasting. It may not be something you'll need daily, but at least you know it's there when you do.
How to Use Inulin Powder in Baking?
Inulin is a substance derived from plants that is used to increase fiber content in food. Cancer researchers are currently studying the potential role of inulin in colon cancer prevention, and many manufacturers are now marketing inulin as a health food. Inulin is also an ingredient in many fiber supplements, including FiberChoice and FiberSure. Adding inulin to your baked goods can be an easy way to increase the fiber in your diet; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that every adult get between 20 and 35 grams each day.
Purchase a powdered inulin supplement from your local health or grocery store. Most powdered inulin supplements are derived from chicory root, giving them a mild sweetness, and many people use powdered inulin as a sugar substitute. If you prefer less sweetness, FiberSure modifies its inulin to be tasteless as possible.
Add inulin to your diet gradually. One teaspoon of inulin provides between 2.25 and 3 grams of fiber, and eating too much fiber too quickly can lead to gas and bloating. Add it to only a few baked goods at a time to see how it affects you.
Add a teaspoon of inulin powder per serving to your baked recipes. Inulin can be used in all types of recipes, including cookies, brownies, cakes, tarts and pies.
Decrease the sugar content of your recipes if you are using an inulin powder derived from chicory root, by about a teaspoon for every teaspoon of inulin powder. If the extra sweetness doesn't bother you, feel free to leave the sugar content unchanged.
In yeast rolls and buns, substitute an equal amount of inulin powder for sugar. Use the inulin powder derived from chicory root for this, as the tasteless powders will not sweeten your recipe sufficiently.
Experiment with adding more or less inulin to your baked goods depending on your fiber needs. Avoid adding more than 1½ to 2 teaspoons per serving to your recipes, to avoid stomach upset.
Try adding inulin to other foods. The powder can be added to yogurt, applesauce and pudding, and can even be stirred directly into a cup of coffee or tea.
Inulin can slightly alter the texture of some baked goods, so it may take some trial and error to determine how much inulin will work for you. You may want to start with some recipes that already include inulin.
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