What is Chicory and What are its health benefits?

From time immemorial all South Indian homes prefer filter coffee, a coffee that has a hint of a sweetish caramel taste and aroma which is got by blending the coffee powder ( ground coffee ) with chicory.

What is Chicory?

Chicory root comes from a plant of the dandelion family that bears bright blue flowers. Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a flowering plant whose root is popular as a coffee substitute. Employed for centuries in cooking and traditional medicine, it’s commonly used to make a coffee alternative, as it has a similar taste and colour. 

The fibre from this root is said to have numerous health benefits and is often extracted for use as a food additive or supplement.

It is the roots of the chicory plant that are ground and made into a powder to blend and mix with coffee. It is often used as a caffeine-free beverage on its own or as a mixture with ground-roasted coffee because it enhances the taste, and aroma and makes coffee strong.

Unlike roasting coffee, chicory is caramelized. Panduranga Coffee is the only coffee industry in India roasting and granulating both coffee and chicory in German roasters and grinders.

How do we make ground chicory from Chicory root?

The Chicory roots are sourced from Jamnagar, Gujrat. The sourced roots are roasted using Tornado roaster at our Coffee Manufacturing Plant in Chikmagalur. Tumbling over and over the watchful eye of roastmaster, the roots are transformed by fire and air. At the exact moment of perfection, roots are discharged from the roaster into a cooling zone where they are immediately blasted by rapidly flowing cold air and fixed at their ideal flavour, color and development.

Panduranga Coffee has a history of 84 years of making fine-quality Filter Coffee Blends with Chicory. Customers most loved Chicory Coffee are Grand Aroma ( 85% Coffee + 15% Chicory ), Aroma Gold ( 70% Coffee + 30% Chicory ), Peaberry Coffee ( 80% Coffee + 20% Chicory ) and Aroma Pocket Coffee Drip Bags. ( 85% Coffee + 15% Chicory )

What are the health benefits of Chicory?

1. Improves loss of appetite & gut health : Chicory relieves constipation & upset stomach. The inulin in chicory works as a powerful prebiotic. It improves gut function by promoting the health of gut bacteria. (1,2 )

2. Anti-inflammatory properties: Chicory is loaded with antioxidants that help in reducing inflammatory conditions, arthritis, heart disease, and stroke. ( 6 )

3. May aid diabetes treatment ( controls sugar levels ): Studies have shown that chicory root extract can increase the levels of adiponectin, a protein that regulates blood glucose levels. This can help delay or prevent the early onset of diabetes.( 3 )

4. May support weight loss: Chicory root fibre may aid weight loss by reducing appetite and curbing calorie intake, though more studies are necessary. ( 5 )

2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11497328/
3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27492975/
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5835350/
5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19386741/
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2912794/

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