Serve in a salad with many added flavours. It is important to complement the bitterness without masking it. A basic vinaigrette with wine vinegar, mustard, honey and good qual…ity olive oil is ample. Also complemented well by roasted beets, citrus fruits, nuts, and salty cheeses. (MORE)
Many of the benefits of chicory are found in the leaves, which contain flavenoids and tannins. These substances have powerful antioxidant activity. Antioxidants are free-radic…al scavengers, meaning they can help undo cellular damage and help prevent cancer. Chicory helps: .
Reduce allergic reactions : A 1999 study confirmed that chicory inhibits mast cell-mediated immediate-type allergic reactions. .
Lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol level and triglycerides : Another 1999 study found that a compound called fructooligosaccharide inulin decreases triglycerides by inhibiting fatty acid synthesis in your liver and at the same time reducing production of low density lipoproteins LDL). .
Reduce inflammation and fight cancer : A 2005 study reported that chicory contains fermentable fructans that enhance the growth of bifidobacteria in your intestines, and also provide anti-inflammatory effects. Bifidobacteria regulate your intestinal microbial balance, inhibit pathogens and harmful bacteria, modulate immune responses, inhibit colon cancer, produce vitamins, and convert nutrients into bioactive molecules. Chicory also inhibits pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E(2) and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2). .
Digestion: A 2001 study confirmed that inulin and oligofructose ferment in your colon to produce short-chain fatty acids that are absorbed and metabolized in various parts of your body. .
Prevent obesity and diabetes : A 2005 study suggested that inulin-type fructans from chicory root may have an important role in managing obesity and diabetes by regulating appetite. At just 7 calories per cup of raw greens, chicory is an excellent low-calorie source of vitamins and minerals. One cup (29 grams) of chicory greens contains 108 percent of the daily value (DV) of vitamin K, and one-third of the DV for vitamin A. The greens also are a good source of vitamin C, folate, and manganese. Chicory greens contain minerals like calcium, copper, and iron. (MORE)
The formula seems to vary, so you're going to have to experiment. Promoters recommend one part chicory to three parts coffee. recommends no more than 10 percent chicory, unles…s the blend is for cafe au lait, in which case it can be 20 percent. (MORE)