Jerusalem Artichokes Root


Jerusalem Artichokes are one of the best sources of dietary fibers, especially oligofructose inulin, a non-starch soluble polysaccharide. Inulin is a no-calorie saccharine and is an inert carbohydrate that is not metabolized in the body. This makes it an ideal tuber for a person suffering from diabetics.


The high amounts of dietary fibers help to retain moisture in the food, thus helping digestion and reducing constipation. Besides, Inulin stimulates the growth of the gut-friendly bacterium, bifidobacteria thereby, acting as an excellent prebiotic. This bacteria fights against the harmful bacteria in the intestines and boosts the immune system.

Additionally, the presence of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) in the tubers improves production of hydrochloric acid and carbohydrate metabolism in the stomach.


Jerusalem Artichokes are a very rich source of minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. They provide almost 42% of the dietary iron (per 100 g) and 9% of potassium supply. Iron helps in the production of red blood cells, whereas potassium reduces the blood pressure by countering the negative effects of sodium.
erusalem Artichoke Nutrition Facts:
Serving size: 1 cup (100 g)

Nutrient Amounts
Water 78.01 g
Energy 73 kcal
Protein 2 g
Total lipid (fat) 0.01 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 17.44 g
Fiber, total dietary 1.6 g
Sugars, total 9.6 g
Calcium, Ca 14 mg
Iron, Fe 3.4 mg
Magnesium, Mg 17 mg
Phosphorus, P 78 mg
Potassium, K 429 mg
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 4 mg
Thiamin 0.2 mg
Niacin 1.3 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.077 mg
Folate, DFE 13 µg
Vitamin A, RAE 1 µg
Vitamin A, IU 20 IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.19 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), is also known as sunchoke, sunroot, or topinambour, and is a species of the native sunflower. The name has no relation to Jerusalem. It is widely cultivated for its tubers that are rich in non-starchy carbohydrates inulin, which makes this tuber a very healthy food choice for people suffering from Diabetes Type 2.

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