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Journal of Food Technology Research

March 2019, Volume 6, 1, pp 18-27

A Review: Role of Inulin in Animal Nutrition

Muhammad Waseem Birmani


Aamir Nawab


Muhammad Waseem Ghani


Guanghui Li


Mei Xiao


Lilong An

Muhammad Waseem Birmani 1 Aamir Nawab 1 Muhammad Waseem Ghani 1 Guanghui Li 1 Mei Xiao 1 Lilong An 1 

  1. Department of Livestock Productions and Management, Agricultural College, Guangdong Ocean University, Guangdong, China. 1

Pages: 18-27

DOI: 10.18488/journal.58.2019.61.18.27

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Article History:

Received: 09 January, 2019
Revised: 14 February, 2019
Accepted: 22 March, 2019
Published: 04 June, 2019


Inulin is an oligosaccharide which can be used in the animal diet as a functional fiber. Among other natural plant-derived fructans, inulin has so many beneficial effects on the immune system, lipid metabolism, and helps in mineral absorption and has the ability to balance the intestinal microbiota of animals. Increasing global meat demand and ban of antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed due to its residual effects in human food are the factors driving the growth of inulin as a feed additive. As feed additive in animal feed inulin has a positive effect on intestinal health and have the potential to improve the immunity of livestock and poultry. From few years, inulin has been making headlines in animal nutrition, but it remains a little-known feed ingredient and is even less used in the feed industry. Therefore, the objective of this review is to provide recently applied knowledge to the researchers about the general beneficial functions of inulin in the animal body and its application in the animal feed industry.
Contribution/ Originality
Present study has much contribution of inulin use in animal nutrition. Before that lot of studies available on inulin in human. In our study we focus on inulin use in animal diet. It is considered a functional plant-based ingredient that effectively boosts digestion and other processes. From this study scientists and nutritionists get idea to use inulin in livestock and other animal feed.


Inulin, Prebiotic, Feed additive, Immunity, Intestinal microbiota, Physiological role.




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This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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