English Name: Chicory Root
Botanical Name: Cichorium intybus
Chicory is the perennial and woody plant from the family of Asteraceae. The plant has hairy stems and blooms bright blue flowers in common, but in the rare case, it will be white or pink. There are different varieties of Chicory that are cultivated around the world for roots, leaves, chicos, which are ground, baked, and used as a food additive or substitute for coffee. Chicory coffee tastes similar to coffee but the flavor is slightly woody and nutty.
- Family: Asteraceae
- Tribe: Cichorieae
- Order: Asterales
- Kingdom: Plantae
Health Benefits of Chicory Root
The fiber in the chicory plant has numerous health benefits so it is extracted to use as a coffee supplement and food additive.
The fresh and tender chicory root contains 68% of insulin which is a type of fiber. This the prebiotic properties of chicory roots that help to grow good bacterias in the gut.
Because of the insulin levels of chicory root, it aids in digestive tract problems and stomach aches by improving bowel movements.
Chicory root fiber boosts sugar control in people with diabetes. As insulin helps to the growth of beneficial bacterias in the gut, it further helps to absorb sugar contents in the blood.
Chicory root fiber regains the appetite and reduces the intake of carbs which in turn helps to reduce weight.