Endive is a variety of bitter chicory that can be eaten both raw and cooked. This vegetable is light, easy to digest, crunchy, and bitter. Like most chicories, the endive contains a large amount of inulin, a carbohydrate that reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood while stimulating the growth of good bacteria. Inulin also facilitates the absorption of minerals such as magnesium and calcium, of which the endive has considerable amounts.