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Inulin is a polysaccharide found in artichoke, asparagus, and other plants. Inulin is formed of 30 fructose units joined together. It is used for the diagnosis of kidney functions. Inulin is injected into the bloodstream and, after an appropriate time delay, its concentration is checked for in the urine and bloodstream.

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