Chicory root is particularly high in inulin, which is a soluble fiber that passes through the body undigested. This is why its known for its role in preventing colorectal cancers. Foods containing chicory root fiber also contribute to weight loss by causing satiety (that full feeling) after meals.
Inulin is considered a “prebiotic,” which promotes healthy bacteria growth in the gut. In addition, it may have a modest positive effect on blood sugar, insulin resistance, and blood triglycerides. Chicory root has a zero glycemic impact on blood sugar, making it a great choice for people on a low glycemic diet for diabetes or weight loss.
Even though chicory root fiber yields benefits, you should be aware that too much may cause bloating and gas if you happen to be sensitive to it. That said, most people can tolerate between 5 to 10 grams of inulin without experiencing any discomfort and the benefits to your health are well worth experimenting with it.