Common chicory is also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor’s buttons, and wild endive
What is chicory?
Chicory is a plant. Its seeds, roots, and dried, above-ground parts are used to make medicine.
What is inulin?
Inulin is a type of prebiotic that’s found in certain plant foods. Chicory root is the main source of inulin in supplement form. Inulin, also referred to as long-chain inulin; fructooligosaccharide (FOS), a short-chain inulin that’s also called oligofructose, and galactooligosaccharide (GOS)
Both inulin and FOS are extracted from chicory root fiber, a natural dietary fiber that is extracted using hot water from a plant that’s part of the dandelion family. GOS is produced from lactose, which is sourced from animals.
Your small intestine does not absorb inulin. When it reaches your large intestine bacteria ferment it.
Side effects of chicory
Like any fiber, it can cause gas, bloating and abdominal pain if consumed too quickly or in large quantities.
Belgian endive and chicory? Are they the same thing?
Well, it’s confusing because in some parts of the world chicory is called endive…Sometimes the names are used interchangeably. In reality, they are very closely related.
Chicory root during pregnancy
It is best to consult with your doctor before starting new supplements, especially if pregnant. Taking large amounts of chicory root during pregnancy and possibly while breast feeding, may be unsafe. Stay on the safe side, don’t go overboard and check with your medical professional first.