Thursday, January 26

You Have Probably Eaten This Natural Food Additive without Knowing It

A new video series from Scientific American and Spektrum der Wissenschaftgives you a serving of science. In this episode, we take a look at something called inulin.

See the German-language version of this piece at Spektrum der Wissenschaft.

Have you ever heard of inulin? Even if you haven’t, you’ve likely eaten it.

It’s a naturally occurring form of dietary fiber.

You can find it in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, including wheat, onions, bananas, leeks, artichokes and asparagus.

It’s said that cooking itself is really just chemistry – and for inulin, chemistry has given it some surprising culinary abilities across a range of foods.

Inulin belongs to a class of dietary fibers called fructans.

It helps plants store energy and is typically found in their roots.

Keep reading at Scientific American.