Around 1970, it was found that the root contains up to 20% inulin, a polysaccharide similar to starch. Inulin is mainly found in the plant family Asteraceae as a storage carbohydrate (for example Jerusalem artichoke, dahlia, yacon, etc.). It is used as a sweetener in the food industry with a sweetening power 10% that of sucrose and is sometimes added to yogurts as a prebiotic. Inulin is also gaining popularity as a source of soluble dietary fiber and functional food.
Chicory root extract is a dietary supplement or food additive produced by mixing dried, ground chicory root with water, and removing the insoluble fraction by filtration and centrifugation. Other methods may be used to remove pigments and sugars. It is used as a source of soluble fiber. Fresh chicory root typically contains, by dry weight, 68% inulin, 14% sucrose, 5% cellulose, 6% protein, 4% ash, and 3% other compounds. Dried chicory root extract contains, by weight, about 98% inulin and 2% other compounds. Fresh chicory root may contain between 13 and 23% inulin, by total weight.
Chicory root Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health BenefitsTweet
Chicory root is about 80% water, 17.51% carbohydrates (including 8.73% sugar and 1.5% dietary fiber), 1.4% protein, and 0.2% fat. If you consume one chicory root it will provide you with 10.506 grams of carbohydrates. That translates to 8.08 percent of the 130 grams of carbohydrates people should include in their daily diet, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same in a 100 gram amount, chicory root supplies 72 calories and is a moderate source of Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) (18.54% of the Daily Value). So if you have chicory root in your diet, it helps your body to produce red blood cells (RBCs) and neurotransmitters, break down peptides into amino acid monomers so that it can be used in the body, decrease symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (in females) and it is effective against mood disorders like depression, because vitamin B6 is responsible for creating neurotransmitters and regulates emotions through hormones like serotonin and dopamineanemiamorning sickness during pregnancy in women. At the same time it contains a moderate amount of Manganese (12.94% DV).