Previously, I told you about a study, published in The FASEB Journal, which found that a component in chicory could potentially help reduce memory loss – one of the earliest signs of dementia.
And now it turns out that there’s one more powerful health benefit that chicory can boast about: blood sugar control.
Ending a vicious cycle
We’ve all been there – you feel hungry, thirsty and tired, even though you’ve eaten, drank and slept all through the night.
What you might not realise is that these may be signs that your blood sugar is soaring, which means that you are either diabetic or you’re headed that way. And these fatigued cravings are just your body’s way of telling you that your blood sugar levels are out of whack.
And if you reach for a chocolate bar for a quick pick-me-up… or a fizzy drink to quench your thirst, you only perpetuate this vicious cycle of more sugar spikes and subsequent crashes.
Luckily, according to a new study, there might just be a drug-free way to curb those cravings while keeping your blood sugar levels in check.
UK researchers found that special fibres in the wild-growing chicory root can keep your blood sugar from spiking… even AFTER you eat a sugary snack.
In the “gold standard” trial, replacing sucrose with two of those fibres (either oligofructose or inulin) lowered the glycaemic index of “sweet” snacks that participants had eaten (specifically, a sweetened yoghurt drink and a jelly).
Glycaemic index measures how quickly the food raises your blood sugar – so, a “lower” score means blood sugar will rise more slowly and steadily. That means the fibres in chicory can tame blood sugar spikes that happen after you eat a meal or snack (“postprandial”).
The results also showed that chicory fibres lowered the participants’ insulin response to sugary foods. That’s because with less of a blood sugar spike, your body needs less insulin to deal with it.
Aside from chicory inulin’s blood sugar benefits, it’s also a prebiotic that feeds the “good” bacteria in your gut and supports healthy digestion.
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Researchers Confirm Chicory Inulin Benefits on Blood Sugar, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Researchers-confirm-chicory-inulin-benefits-on-blood-sugar
Replacement of glycaemic carbohydrates by inulin-type fructans from chicory (oligofructose, inulin) reduces the postprandial blood glucose and insulin response to foods: report of two double-blind, randomized, controlled trials, link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00394-017-1409-z