noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
A complex of sugar present in the roots of various plants and used medically to test kidney function. It is a polysaccharide based on fructose.
- Prebiotics are complex carbohydrates - oligosaccharides, such as inulin and short-chain sugars.
- While neither sugar beet fiber nor inulin had a metabolic effect on the dogs, guar gum resulted in decreased postprandial insulin and fasting cholesterol.
- It contains taraxasterol, choline, inulin and pectin.
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