What is chicory root extract?
Chicory root fiber is derived from a plant that belongs to the dandelion family and primarily composed of inulin.
It has been linked to improved blood sugar control and digestive health, among other health benefits.
While chicory root is common as a supplement and food additive, it can be used as a coffee substitute as well.
If you’re interested in reaping the benefits of this fiber, try boiling the whole root to eat with a meal or brewing chicory root coffee for a hot beverage.
What is chicory root extract used for?
Chicory is a plant. Its roots and dried, above-ground parts are used to make medicine.
Chicory is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, liver and gallbladder disorders, cancer, and rapid heartbeat.
It is also used as a “tonic,” to increase urine production, to protect the liver, and to balance the stimulant effect of coffee.
What is chicory root extract good for?
1. Reduces absorption of glucose in the intestines
The sugar glucose is absorbed in the small intestines. Research studies have shown that when glucose is consumed with chicory root extract, glucose absorption in the small intestine is reduced. The reduction in glucose absorption is attributed to the increased viscosity in the intestines from the chicory root extract. Therefore, when taking in food that has glucose on a ketogenic diet, it may be beneficial to pair it with chicory root extract to reduce glucose absorption and therefore, an insulin response.
2. Increases beneficial bacteria and reduce pathogenic bacteria
The inulin in chicory root has been shown to stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestines called bifidobacteria.[4,5] In addition to many health benefits not discussed in this article, bifidobacteria acts as an antigenotoxic in the colon which helps reduce tumor growth there. Chicory root has also been shown to suppress the growth of bacteria that may be pathogenic, such as Bacteroides/Prevotella and Clostridium histolyticum/C. lituseburense group.
3. Decreases hemoglobin A1C
Hemoglobin A1C is a marker used to identify blood glucose concentrations over a 3-month period. Lower A1C levels indicate lower blood sugar over the past 3-month period. This may be especially important for those struggling to control high blood sugar levels, like type 2 diabetics.
4. Improves adiponectin levels
Adiponectin is a hormone that is secreted from adipose tissue and helps regulate glucose levels. It has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity possibly by increasing fat breakdown/utilization and suppressing glucose production in the liver.
5. Increases serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
HDL cholesterol is considered “good” cholesterol because it picks up cholesterol circulating in your bloodstream and carries it back to the liver for possible removal.
6. Lowers serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
LDL cholesterol is typically considered “bad” cholesterol because it may accumulate in the arteries and possibly turn into plaque. Plaque leads to clogged arteries and if too much builds-up, complications may occur like stroke or heart attack.
7. Lowers serum apolipoprotein B/apolipoprotein A-1 ratio
Chicory root extract has been shown to significantly reduce apolipoprotein B (ApoB) which is the primary protein in LDL cholesterol. Apolipoprotein A-1 (ApoA1) is the primary protein in HDL cholesterol. The ratio of ApoB: ApoA1 is indicative of risk for coronary artery disease – the lower the ratio, the less risk.
8. Anti-inflammatory properties
Chicory root extract has been shown to reduced inflammation in inflamed human colon cells.
9. Anti-carcinogenic properties
Chicory root extract has shown to reduce the risk for colon cancer. This reduced risk for cancer has been attributed to the increased growth of the beneficial bacteria, bifidobacteria, in large intestine.
is chicory root extract safe during pregnancy?
Taking chicory by mouth in large amounts is POSSIBLY UNSAFE during pregnancy. Chicory might start menstruation and cause a miscarriage. There isn't enough reliable information to know if chicory is safe to use as medicine when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts.
Is chicory root bad for you?
Chicory, more precisely chicory root (Cichorium intybus), grows all over the United States and is cultivated in Mediterranean areas in Europe. Chicory root can be “forced,” meaning mature roots are moved to a warm, dark, moist place to expedite growth and later roast and grind the root to be used as a coffee substitute. (When ground and brewed it looks and tastes something like coffee, but is caffeine-free, less expensive and doesn’t contain the volatile oils.) During World War II, when shipping from coffee-producing countries to the United States was disrupted, New Orleans popularized the use of chicory to produce “coffee.” But it’s not just limited to faux java, Chicory root has been added to certain European beers and ales and recently I’ve seen it incorporated into cocktails to give the libation a hint of bitter earthiness. The leaves of the flowering herb are sometimes sprinkled in salads to add a touch of bitterness, but should not be confused with Belgian endive or radicchio, which are types of salad chicory within the same family.
Medicinal use of chicory root dates back to ancient Egyptians and it has been used to treat everything from pulmonary disease or tuberculosis, to cancer, cough, or wounds. A few preliminary studies suggest that drinking “chicory coffee” might offer some anti-inflammatory benefits for the heart and osteoarthritis. In terms of glucose control, the root contains up to 40% inulin, which is a zero on the glycemic index, so it has a negligible effect on raising blood sugar. This makes it a favorable choice among diabetics and a small study in 2015 show early promise that chicory root could actually help delay the onset of diabetes. However, these nascent findings require additional research.
It’s this presence of inulin (a carbohydrate fiber known as an oligosaccharide) that also makes chicory root a common ingredient in several foods we buy – sometimes called “chicory root fiber.” Inulin is naturally found in bananas, wheat, onions, and garlic, but chicory root’s high concentrations of the prebiotic make it a popular food additive. Food manufacturers extract inulin from the root and add it to products such as yogurt, ice cream, chocolate bars, breakfast bars, salad dressings, and margarine. Because it is water soluble, it imparts a smooth and creamy texture, working well as a replacement for fat – an attribute that gave it the moniker “the stealth fiber.” Inulin travels through the digestive tract without being metabolized until it reaches the colon. Like other high-fiber foods, inulin prevents constipation, is a mild diuretic, helps maintain a healthy balance of “good” bacteria in the colon, and aids in lowering cholesterol. It can also be used as a subtle sweetener in processed foods; its sweetening power is one-tenth that of sucrose.
Ironically, the problem with inulin may be that it doesn’t have the texture or taste of fiber. This can make it deceptively easy to consume too much, bringing on the same kind of digestive problems caused by an excess of any fiber: gas, bloating, nausea, flatulence, stomach cramping, diarrhea, constipation, and digestive “rumbling.” A study from the University of Minnesota published in 2010 found that most healthy people can tolerate up to 10 grams of native inulin (one type of inulin product) and five grams of “sweet” inulin (another version) daily. Flatulence was the most common symptom reported by study participants regardless of the type of inulin they consumed.
is chicory extract a protein?
If you've read the ingredient list on your protein bar recently, you may have seen "chicory root," "chicory root fiber," "chicory root extract," "chicory fiber syrup," or "chicory inulin" listed. And that probably landed you here. So, what is this root and why is it suddenly in everything from snack bars to cereals? From usage to sources, benefits and side effects, here is what you need to know about this fiber-rich food.
How to eat chicory root?
Whole chicory root can be boiled and eaten as a vegetable, whereas ground chicory is often brewed with water to make a coffee-like drink. As a rich source of inulin, it can likewise be found in packaged foods and supplements.
1.Rinse and drain the chicory. Rinse chicory leaves over a sieve under running water. Pour the leaves onto paper towels or a clean work surface. Sort through the pile and remove any dead leaves or grass. Rinse the chicory leaves again, then allow any excess water to drain.
You can also sort through the leaves to pick out debris as you’re rinsing them.
You can use this same process to remove bitterness from chicory root. Scrub the root clean with a vegetable brush.
2.Boil the leaves for about two minutes. Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium to high heat. Drop the leaves in the boiling water and allow them to cook. Use a sieve to pour out and discard the water, keeping the leaves.
If you don’t mind some bitterness, you may prefer to stop cooking the leaves after this first boil.
Chicory leaves are the least bitter in early spring, and increase in bitterness throughout the growing season. They will be more bitter if the growing conditions are poor.
3.Change the water and boil the leaves for five minutes. Return the leaves to the pot. Add fresh water to the pot, and bring it to a boil. After five minutes, remove from heat and drain the water, collecting the leaves in a sieve.
Blanched leaves can have a slight bitterness also, so you may want to boil them twice to remove the bitter flavor.
If you want to remove all bitterness for unblanched leaves, continue on to a third boil.
4.Boil the leaves once more, for five minutes. Dump the leaves back into the pot. Pour fresh water into the pot. Bring the water to a boil. After five minutes, turn off the heat. Drain the leaves in a sieve over the sink. Add the cooked leaves to a recipe of your choosing; for instance, you can braise them in butter, or add them to a salad.
Chicory leaves that haven’t been blanched are more bitter, so to remove bitterness completely you’ll want to boil them three times.
Use a few trial leaves, if desired. Cook one leave once, one leave twice, and the third through all three boils. See which one you prefer before cooking all the leaves.
Chicory benefits for skin
Chicory root is an anti-inflammatory herb which makes it wonderful for calming and soothing the skin. However, the reason I really love chicory for skincare is because of it's ability to boost the skin's collagen! More collagen in the skin means more elasticity, less fine lines, and fewer wrinkles!!!
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