Chicory root is the root portion of the chicory vegetable and is often used as a substitute for coffee once it's roasted and ground. Inulin, a fiber derived from chicory root, is often added to food products to boost fiber content. Chicory root is primarily composed of inulin, a prebiotic that encourages the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Inulin and other compounds in chicory root may help improve blood sugar control, especially in people with diabetes.
Chicory is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, liver and gallbladder disorders, cancer, and rapid heartbeat. It is also used as a “tonic,” to increase urine production, to protect the liver, and to balance the stimulant effect of coffee. vDue to its inulin content, chicory root fiber may help relieve constipation and increase stool frequency. Chicory root fiber may aid weight loss by reducing appetite and curbing calorie intake. Ground chicory is often brewed with water to make a coffee-like drink.
Root chicory (Cichorium intybus)
How to use:
Chicory root powder can be added to various dishes like cakes, coffees, lattes, tea, etc. It a coffee substitute and tastes more or less like coffee minus the caffeine. Taking a daily dose of 10 grams of chicory inulin increased the number of bowel movements.