Inulin is a soluble fiber found in 36,000 plant species (wheat, onion, banana, garlic, asparagus, etc.) and in some bacteria and fungi. The chicory roots are the richest source of inulin. Several manufactured forms of inulin are Chicory inulin and High-Performance (HP) inulin. In 2018 the FDA approved inulin as a dietary fiber component used to increase the nutritional value of processed food products in the United States. Inulin stimulates growth of beneficial bacteria, which in turn helps improve bowel function and gut health, curb appetite, and boosts immunity.
Xanthan is an indigestible soluble fiber, which absorbs water and turns into a gel-like substance, slowing down digestion. It controls sugar entry to the bloodstream and decreasing blood sugar spikes. Xanthan aids in weight loss by increasing satiety, lowering bad cholesterol, claiming to have cancer-fighting properties, improving regularity, and used as saliva substitute.
Konjac Glucomannan is a soluble, fermentable, polysaccharide produced from the Amorphophallus Konjac (elephant yam or konjac plant) found in Asia. Konjac is available as supplements, in drink mixes, additive (emulsifier and thickener) to food products such as flour and pasta.
Fibersol is a digestion-resistant maltodextrin and a low viscosity soluble dietary fiber (90%), drawn from corn starch by proprietary method. Fibersol’s molecular bonds are indigestible, allowing digestion-resistant maltodextrin to be a healthy replacement for sugar in most foods and beverages. Fibersol’s starch linkages remain in the digestive tract, which in turn increases satiety hormones such as peptide YY (PYY) and glucose-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). It boosts essential fibers to food while reducing caloric intake, resulting in fullness for a long period of time. Thus, Fibersol can delay hunger, and ultimately reduce weight.