from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A polysaccharide with the general formula (C6H10O5)n that is found in the roots of various composite plants and yields fructose when hydrolyzed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a polysaccharide found in the roots and tubers of certain plants, especially the Compositae; it is mostly a polymer of fructose
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A substance of very wide occurrence. It is found dissolved in the sap of the roots and rhizomes of many composite and other plants, as Inula, Helianthus, Campanula, etc., and is extracted by solution as a tasteless, white, semicrystalline substance, resembling starch, with which it is isomeric, having fructose units in place of most of the glucose units. It is intermediate in nature between starch and sugar, and replaces starch as the reserve food in Compositae. Called also dahlin, helenin, alantin, alant starch, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vegetable principle (C6H10O5) which is spontaneously deposited from a decoction of the roots of Inula Helenium and certain other plants.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. used to manufacture fructose and in assessing kidney function
The root has a complex carbohydrate called inulin, which is made up of fructose molecules.
In the large intestine, inulin is broken down by beneficial bacterial through fermentation to yield short chain fatty acids.
Also curious about the artichoke is a fact that most sites featuring information about the vegetable throw up: it's high in a carbohydrate called inulin, which is linked with excessive flatulence in some people.
Asparagus contains the healthy polysaccharide, inulin, which is called a prebiotic because it nourishes the probiotic bacteria which keeps the bad bacteria out of your intestines, and possibly enhances your libido.
Oligofructose is a subgroup of inulin, which is a type of fiber.
The agave stores its energy in the sugar fructose and the long fructose chains called inulin p.
The main carbohydrate in Jerusalem artichoke is inulin, which is easily hydrolysed to fructose; in corn the carbohydrate is starch that has first to be converted to glucose and then fructose; in beet it is sucrose, that has to be hydrolysed first to glucose and fructose, the glucose then being converted to fructose.
Fiber contains the prebiotic inulin, which is scientifically documented to increase the number of beneficial bifidobacteria in the colon threefold!
Helps re-colonize the intestinal tract. pHion Prebiotic Fiber contains the prebiotic inulin, which is scientifically documented to increase the number of beneficial bifidobacteria in the colon threefold!
In the agave plant, most of the sweetness comes from a particular kind of fructose called inulin that actually has some health benefits -- it's considered a fiber.