Study shows inulin effective at 5 grams per day

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Inulin demonstrated an in vivo prebiotic effect in healthy adults at doses ranging from 5 grams per day to 8 grams per day, according to researchers at the University of Reading in Reading, United Kingdom.

The study involved 30 healthy subjects from the ages of 19 to 35 and chocolate drinks containing a placebo, 5 grams of inulin and 8 grams of inulin. Each two-week treatment period was followed by a oneweek washout. Levels of Bifidobacterium, a probiotic or beneficial bacteria, increased significantly upon ingestion of both the inulin dose of 5 grams and the inulin dose of 8 grams when compared to the placebo.

Sensus, Rosendaal, The Netherlands, provided financial support for the study, which appeared on-line Jan. 31 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Also this year, inulin received recognition from the Institute of Food Science & Technology, based in London and an independent professional qualifying body for food scientists and technologists. The I.F.S.T. ruled fructans now fall within the definition of dietary fiber. Inulin is a fructan.

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