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Turn over a few products in the store, and we guarantee you’ll find chicory root as an ingredient in at least one of them. It’s a common food additive for its rich fiber content. What you may know as chicory root is one of your beloved Dandy Blend’s ingredients. But what is chicory root?

In today’s blog, we’ll cover what exactly chicory root is, and what makes it so special in a coffee alternative recipe.

Chicory flower

*Photo courtesy of wirestock

What is Chicory Root?

Chicory is actually in the dandelion family, and is a fibrous root plant that’s mostly harvested for its roots and leaves. In fact, chicory leaves are very similar in shape to dandelion leaves. Chicory has become popular for its high inulin content, which is a soluble fiber many food manufacturers use to increase fiber content.

Chicory has a long list of benefits. According to one study, chicory root extract is said to show antioxidant effects, and may help offset oxidative stress. Antioxidants are a great way to reduce inflammation and reduce stress on the body and mind. [1]

If you love coffee for its diuretic effects, chicory may be a great alternative. A study in elderly men and women dealing with constipation saw improvements with daily chicory-derived inulin. They also said they noticed significant quality of life improvements. [2] Another study that involved chicory-derived inulin found that it may also help reduce the chances of or delay early onset of diabetes mellitus thanks to its blood glucose balancing effects. [3]

Chicory Root Extract in Dandy Blend

There are so many reasons to love chicory. Chicory was originally used as a coffee alternative on its own, which gives Dandy Blend the strong coffee flavor. While the bold, aromatic flavor is a big reason for its inclusion in Dandy Blend, the benefits are a plus.

Cups of Dandy Blend with chicory flowers

*Photo courtesy of qwartm

Chicory root extract in Dandy Blend is complemented by roasted barley extracts, roasted rye extracts, and roasted dandelion extracts. This complete blend of coffee alternative plant extracts is what gives Dandy Blend its delicious flavor, and what helps you feel great while and after you enjoy your daily cup.

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