In addition to being absolutely delicious and a low Glycemic Index food, Xagave actually enhances your health. We can comfortably state that no other sweetener on the market, whether natural or “engineered,” can match the health benefits of Xagave – including other agave nectars! Why? Unlike other nectars, Xagave contains inulin, a naturally occurring fiber from the Agave Tequilana plant. Normally inulin is removed during processing, but we have reintroduced it at 11% by volume. This means that you get approximately 7 to 8 grams of inulin (fiber) a day merely by consuming three tablespoons of Xagave. Inulin is a water-soluble dietary fiber that is consumed and absorbed in the lower intestine and provides the following health benefits:
Improved Digestive Health.
Better health can come from better digestion. The inulin in Xagave improves absorption of calcium and magnesium, critical minerals to your body’s functioning. Inulin also reduces gas and bloat due to the suppressed growth of harmful bacteria in the colon. Inulin is a prebiotic which stimulates the normal, beneficial bacteria in the colon. In other words, inulin is food for the good bacteria, or probiotics, in your gut. This causes the probiotic Bifidobacteria to increase. As they grow, they secrete acids. This change in the pH in the colon helps suppress the growth of harmful bacteria like E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter. Studies have shown that consuming Inulin at 5 grams per day will effectively serve as a prebiotic and probiotic. Moreover, just to illustrate how beneficial inulin is to your overall health, a study conducted at Johns Hopkins found that children who consumed cereal with inulin showed reduced incidence of fever, less antibiotic use, fewer doctor visits, less vomiting, and fewer daycare absences.
Improved Bone Health.
Inulin helps increase bone density by enhancing calcium absorption. Studies have demonstrated that inulin increases calcium absorption by as much as 20 percent. A newly published study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that inulin increased calcium retention, or bone density, in adolescents by 15 percent. This increase in calcium absorption and bone density resulted after supplementing the diet with 8 grams of Inulin per day. In addition, other studies have shown a positive effect on calcium absorption from inulin in teens and postmenopausal women.
Effective Tool for Weight Loss and Weight Management.
It is well known that fiber, such as inulin, helps maintain a feeling of fullness for longer periods after eating. Inulin helps you feel fuller longer and also has minimal effects on blood sugar levels because it is low glycemic. Furthermore, inulin is often added to food to enhance flavor and freshness – simply, it makes food taste better! With your taste buds satisfied and your belly full, you won’t be tempted to overeat. Inulin helps you consume appropriate levels of calories for your weight-management or weight-loss program.
Assists in Managing Diabetes.
Inulin as an undigested fiber has no effect on blood glucose levels, nor does it affect insulin levels. It has a zero Glycemic Index. Inulin in foods provides both bulk and sweetness without causing a rise in glucose levels after meals. It is appropriate for diabetics.
Simply, Inulin, as a dietary fiber, improves regularity and reduces constipation. Studies have also shown both increased frequency and size of waste after consumption of inulin.
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