Definition: Inulin is a form of fermentable fiber called an oligosaccharide which helps create a friendly environment for helpful bacteria in the digestive tract. It occurs naturally in some foods, and is increasingly used as a food additive. Because it is fermentable, it can cause gas. Inulin as a natural part of plants may acts differently in the body than when it is isolated as a food ingredient. In particular, some people report a blood sugar rise from "low-carb" products with inulin.
Pronunciation: IN yoo lin
Common Misspellings: inyulin inulyn