By T L Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
Certified Organic Agave Inulin Powder is pure inulin, crucial for the creation of a full polysaccharide spectrum. A balancing sweetener with its low glycemic index, inulin is a super fiber which acts as a prebiotic in the intestinal tract, providing an essential component for optimal gut health. Can be mixed with NuNaturals Stevia powder for spoonable Stevia (see below).
Raw, Certified Organic Agave Powder - 100% Inulin
Prebiotics are a special class of sweet-tasting fibers which can be used as a healthy alternative to sugar sweeteners. In addition to the valuable fiber, prebiotics have therapeutic benefits as well. By providing food for beneficial intestinal microbials such as bifidus and lactobacillus, prebiotics boost digestive, immune and colon health. The sweet taste in the fiber comes from inulin and oligosaccharides, which are complex, indigestible sugars. Inulin and oligosaccharides are also found in more common foods such as chicory root, wheat, banana, onion, and garlic. Being indigestible, they have almost no real caloric value nor do they raise blood glucose or require insulin for assimilation. Prebiotic sweeteners are excellent for people with candida overgrowth or diabetes.
Source and Processing
Most prebiotic inulin blends are usually synthesized from sucrose or extracted from chicory root by industrial process. The Foundation SuperFood brand prebiotic is a certified organic, raw agave inulin powder extracted from the leaves of the Blue Agave Tequilana Weber plant from Mexico. Only the highest quality, carefully ripened plants are used. The agave cacti are grown with first rate organic farming and harvesting methods.
First, the “pina” or core of the leaf is crushed and milled. The resulting fluid is treated with a proprietary natural process that deactivates specific enzymes to prevent fermentation. From here, a high velocity centrifugal juicer extracts the Kreatryx agave nectar at low temperatures with a process that is free of acids or enzymes. This extract process is designed to be gentle enough to preserve all of the natural benefits of the raw, fresh plant.
Bacteria do not thrive in the juice of the Blue Agave Tequilana so it does not need to be pasteurized or sterilized, nor additives used. Instead, the separation is strategically timed in a way that maintains its purity while stimulating the development of the desirable complex sugars. Agave Inulin Powder is made by filtering the nectar through a fine mesh to capture the inulin fiber, which is then sun dried.
Using Agave Inulin Powder
Certified-Organic Agave Inulin Powder has a clean, neutral flavor and is an almost calorie-free sweetener that can replace sugar in baking. For soft baked goods it also acts like a humectant (to hold moisture.) The substitution of agave powder for sugar replaces its bulk and texture while adding fiber to foods. This lowers the caloric value as well as the glycemic index (the speed at which the energy is released.)
Agave Inulin Powder can also be used to increase the crispness of low-fat cookies or to add a fat-like texture to table spreads. It provides binding for granola bars or cookies, raw puddings, smoothies and drinks also taste great with agave powder. Its well-rounded sweet flavor is helpful for diluting and balancing out the sweet flavor of stevia or other concentrated sweeteners. It’s easily soluble in cold water and can be added to almost any recipe, raw or cooked, liquid or solid. For a sugar-like ‘spoonable stevia,’ it can be mixed with a container of NuNaturals Stevia Powder. Overall it is an amazingly versatile ingredient.
Because this kind of insoluble, indigestible fiber is normally found in the diet in tiny amounts, it’s best to slowly increase your daily dosage so your digestion can gradually become accustomed to it. Mild digestive discomfort may result if the level of fiber in the intestines is increased too suddenly. Maximum usage for most people is approximately up to one tablespoon a day of pure inulin powder. Some can comfortably use more, some less.
Prebiotics have attracted a lot of clinical attention as recent studies suggest they can enhance immunity, increase bone health and promote the absorption of calcium and magnesium. The National Cancer Institute of the US National Institutes of Health has also been studying the possible role of prebiotics in the prevention of colon cancer. The observed benefits to the colon appear to be due to the stimulation of bifidobacteria. Bifidobacteria are known to out-compete harmful bacteria, stimulate the immune system and increase the synthesis of dietary vitamin B.
The British Journal of Nutrition reported that rats fed probiotics had a 33% longer lifespan than the control group. This suggests the profound importance of colon health to well being. The prebiotics were also found to reduce cholesterol, triglycerides, and body weight. The man-made commercial prebiotic blend used in the study was a blend of oligofructose and inulin.
A recent study by Reading University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, found that agave powder, with it’s naturally occurring complex of inulin and oligofructose has precisely the same prebiotic properties as the manmade blend reported by the British Journal of Nutrition. The report verified that inulin extracted from Agave tequilana also boosted the numbers of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. Unlike the highly processed, and synthesized commercial prebiotics, Agave Inulin Powder is a naturally-occurring, gently-extracted product that is sourced from an ecologically grown plant.
How can I use Certified Organic Agave Inulin Powder?
In a glass Jar, simply add 25 grams or one 1 oz jar of NuNaturals pure stevia powder to 250 – 500 grams of Organic Agave Inulin Powder (depending on the concentration desired). Stir thoroughly and then close the lid and shake vigorously to blend the mixture evenly. When the Stevia is added to 250 grams of Organic Agave Inulin, it is diluted approximately 10 times. The mixture is easy to sprinkle, mix or add to recipes. The Stevina/Inulin mixtures does not require refrigeration or preservatives. One teaspoon of the mixture will equal approximately one cup of sugar in recipes.
Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.
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