May 16, 2011
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Inulin is a type of plant polysaccharide—a fructan—that partially or completely replaces starch as a reserve energy source. In 1946, E. J. McDonald isolated it from dahlia tubers. It has ≈10% the sweetness of sucrose and is an ingredient in commercial stevia natural sweeteners.

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