Nowadays, various varieties of chicory are being cultivated in different parts of the world. While the leaves of some varieties are used as a vegetable (radicchio); some others yield roots, that are baked and ground, to be used as a substitute for coffee. Ground chicory root powder is also used as an additive in coffee powder. In some regions, chicory roots are used for brewing beer. Studies show that these roots contain various compounds, that are beneficial for human health. The extract prepared from these roots is rich in soluble fiber.