When it comes to what we eat, fiber is often under-consumed in American diets. This is a problem because it can help safeguard us against a host of ailments, including heart disease and certain cancers, not to mention, it keeps us feeling fuller for longer.
That’s why so many of us try to add more fiber to our meals causing a renewed interest in fiber-rich chicory root. One of the most popular chicory items is chicory coffee. The city of New Orleans has embraced chicory ever since the American Civil War when Union naval blockades cut off coffee imports to the city which forced residents to look for creative ways to make supplies last. This included mixing roasted chicory root into their coffee to stretch the supply, and sometimes just brewing the abundant root on its own which tastes more-or-less similar to java.