Inulin seems to be the latest dietary craze for healthy eating. In this article, I will present both sides of the inulin story. Is it for everybody? Most certainly not, but very few things are. A personal experience drove me to research Inulin.
This past May, when I first started eating what I call real food (nothing processed), I started buying an organic plain yogurt to replace the yogurt sweetened with Splenda that I had been eating. After less than 2 weeks of eating this yogurt, I ended up in the emergency room with a partial bowel obstruction.
Can I prove this was the result of inulin? No, of course not, BUT it was the only thing I was eating that I had never eaten before AND upon discontinuing this yogurt, my symptoms resolved within a few days. I have been drinking milk kefir, water kefir, Kombucha Tea and lacto-fermented vegetables for several months now. I know I have dramatically improved my intestinal flora and have a hunch that I could now safely consume products containing inulin. The question remains: Do I want to?
J Nutr 1999 Jul;129(7 Suppl):1438S-41S