What Is Inulin?
Inulin has been in the limelight as a popular supplement due to its wide range of health benefits. Inulin Powder is a specially formulated source of this popular fibre, which was studied for its effects on sleep and visceral fat by the BBC. Not only this, but Inulin has been praised for its effects on health and wellbeing.
what does inulin do 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.
Why Use Inulin?
1. High in Fibre
Because Inulin is soluble, the fibre dissolves in the stomach, creating a substance that not only helps to slow digestion and increase fullness, but also helps to remove cholesterol.
2. Digestive Health
Because Inulin is a type of prebiotic that our body doesn’t digest, it is able to reach our gut, where it can help increase good bacteria in the gut by feeding it. This good bacteria has a range of benefits and helps us to absorb more nutrients from the foods we digest.
3. Blood Sugar
Because Inulin can help to slow digestion, including the digestion of carbohydrates, sugar is released more slowly without spiking, promoting healthy blood sugar levels.
Inulin was put in the spotlight in the BBC documentaries ‘How to Stay Young’ and ‘The Truth About Sleep’. After Dr Michael Mosley took Inulin for five days around 20 minutes before he went to bed, he reported that the time he spent asleep increased and the time he spent restless in bed decreased. As an expertly formulated, unflavoured powder, our Inulin is simple and convenient.
How to Take Inulin
Use in baking, making syrup, or to add sweetness to smoothies, Inulin can be used in many ways. Just add 5g to your mix and take once a day.
Inulin can be used as a source of dietary fiber in the production of high-fiber or fibre-enriched breads. This ingredient can be used at levels ranging from 0.2 to 5.0% (based on flour weight) without having adverse effects on gluten hydration and dough handling properties. For example, extensibility and resistance of deformation.
The sponge and dough system is highly recommended when this ingredient and whole grains are added to bread formulations. S&D systems allow for properly pre-hydrating highly water-competitive ingredients that tend to limit the functionality of gluten-forming proteins in the dough. This is critical in the production of bread with high levels of whole grains and fiber inclusions.
Inulin as a hydrocolloid and low-calorie carbohydrate
Upon hydration with water, inulin behaves like a hydrocolloid and forms gels which are more viscous than regular cornstarch or its hydrolyzed products such as dextrins, maltose and glucose. It has a lower caloric density than regular carbohydrates (about 1.5–2.0 cal/g).When inulin is added to foods it tends to enhance moisture retention and can provide a creamy texture to foam-based goods.
What does inulin do for your body
Ongoing studies and research have illustrated that there are many benefits of soluble fiber, including inulin. Among these discoveries are:
Promotes weight loss - As a fiber, inulin can help slow digestion and help you feel fuller for longer, aiding in your weight loss journey.
Promotes bone strength - Some studies suggest that inulin boosts the absorption of calcium in your body, which helps remineralize and strengthen your bones.
Helps control blood sugar levels - Inulin fiber can slow your body's digestion of carbohydrates, which helps to regulate the release of sugar into your bloodstream without harsh spikes.
May reduce cholesterol - Foods high in soluble fiber help remove cholesterol (in the form of bile acids) from the digestive tract as they are excreted in your waste.
Adds sweetness - Inulin is made up of fructose molecules, giving it a slightly sweet flavor without the high calories and carbs of fructose or other sugars.
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