What is inulin?

Inulin is a natural soluble dietary fiber and comes from roots of the chicory plant. This food ingredient is also labeled as oligofructose or chicory root fiber and has significant, scientifically-proven health benefits. Inulin can be applied to develop tasty, healthy food products. Besides fiber enrichement it can be used to replace sugar and fat while improving taste and mouthfeel.

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Synonyms of inulin

Inulin and oligofructose, also called fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), belong to the class of fructan carbohydrates. Other synonyms for those healthy food ingredients are chicory root fiber and chicory root extract. Here the word inulin refers to all types of inulins, including oligofructose and chicory root fiber.

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From chicory roots

Inulin comes from a natural source and occurs in a large variety of plants, where it plays an important biological role as reserve carbohydrate. Inulin has been part of our daily diet for hundreds of years, as you find it in many fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, onions, and wheat. When extracted from chicory roots, inulin can be successfully used as a beneficial ingredient in many food applications.

Chemical composition of inulin

Sensus brand names

Sensus supplies its ingredients under the brand names Frutafit® inulin and Frutalose® oligofructose. Frutafit® comprises a range of powdered inulin products with different technological properties. Frutalose® is partially hydrolyzed inulin: oligofructose.

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Dietary fiber

Inulin can be used to increase the dietary fiber content. Dietary fibers are essential in our daily food but our diets rarely contain enough of them. The average adult should consume about 25-30 grams a day. Few of us actually eat more than 15-20 grams daily. Read more about the benefits of inulin.

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New and innovative uses for inulin are constantly being found. Contact Sensus to learn about possibilities for your specific application.


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