This is by far one of the most harmful additives in food for your digestion of all, and it is being disguised as a health food. Here’s the deal with inulin. It is a carbohydrate that contains nondigestible sugars and fibers known as fructans, similar to the carbohydrates known as FOS, said to promote healthy bacteria in the colon. Inulin is touted as a prebiotic fiber because it does feed certain classes of good bacteria in the colon, but it also feeds unhealthy yeasts and bacteria at the same time. In someone sensitive to certain fibers and sugars, or who has a current issue with yeasts already, inulin can be like putting alcohol onto an open flame. I know myself because as someone with past candida issues, which inulin has been proven to feed, inulin caused terrible digestive issues with me, including bloating, gas, pain, constipation, diarrhea and nausea. I bought a vegan protein powder that contained it, and finally linked that the inulin was the only ingredient I had never eaten before. Once eliminating that brand, all my issues disappeared. I now choose to buy an inulin-free vegan protein powder instead from Garden of Life, which uses no fillers whatsoever in any of their products. Inulin is said to be a prebiotic, but actually is used as a thickening agent in many nondairy products like yogurt, nutritional food bars and more. Always read labels on food products to see what you are eating, and don’t stay sick if you don’t have to. For more information about inulin, please feel free to visit some of the sources at the end of this article.