Researchers have said that the inulin from Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunroot) has the potential to not only maintain the balance of gut microbiota but also has the ability to reduce obesity.
The inulin has allowed researchers from Chula Faculty of Medicine to develop a prebiotic functional health-boosting food for all ages.
Jerusalem artichoke is a native plant of North America, but it is grown widely in Thailand because of its adaptability to tropical climates. It’s also called sunroot, sunchoke, wild sunflower, earth apple, and so on.
At present, the research team has expanded the research to the development of two formulas of inulin beverage: original and cocoa flavors to make it easier for obese children and adults to drink.
The inulin extract developed by the research team is an active ingredient that can be used in a wide variety of food products like drinks or crispy, soft, or jelly snacks to meet the needs of all groups of consumers.
The research team is currently seeking collaboration from interested private sectors for the commercial production and marketing of the “sunroot inulin“.
“What we want to do next is to bring the research results to the production processes certified by international standards to manufacture and market the inulin to the public. This is so that they can have access to quality, and safe products, that can strengthen the body. It can also help support Thai growers of the highly nutritious sunroot as well.” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Supakarn concluded.