As society becomes more and more preoccupied with effective ways to stay young, the rush to get our hands on the next youth-inducing trend or ingredient is becoming oh-so-tangible. Now BBC’s programme ‘How To Stay Young’ (on which Angela Rippon explores how science could enable us to overcome the obstacles associated with ageing) has added inulin to the mix! But what is it, and how can it help to combat the age-old war on wrinkles?
At base level, inulin is a nutritional component that’s found naturally in many plants – it’s best known as a starchy and fibrous carbohydrate. Pulses, lentils, bananas, chickpeas and even garlic are very rich in inulin, which – being low in calories and full of fibre – is often touted as a waist-friendly health hero.