The Many Health Benefits of Dried Plums
|Yes, modern science has recently found out that there’s quite a bit more to our wrinkled little prune than old age homes and intestinal regularity!
Actually, our dear plum is well on its way to acquiring the status of super-food, for two good reasons.
- First–dried plums boost your energy level, providing immediate gratification.
- Second–dried plums help increase your longevity by fending off a surprising number of health conditions.
According to Dr. Kris Clark, Director of Sports Nutrition at Penn State University, eating dried plums for meals and snacks are a great way to enhance and maintain energy levels throughout the day.
Says Clark: “Dried plums are an energy-packed snack full of important nutrients such as potassium, antioxidants and vitamin A that can keep you going through a workout or even a meeting. They are also portable and convenient, fitting easily into briefcases, gym bags, purses or luggage.”
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By the way…
Research has shown that a healthy adult can eat up to 10-12 California Dried Plums daily without a significant change in bowel habits.
New kids on the block: phytochemicals
Prunes also pack a pretty package in terms of nutrients!
Research continues to discover the role of phytochemicals–substances other than vitamins and minerals–in the prevention of certain types of cancers, heart disease, and other conditions of aging.
Dried plums contain a variety of phytochemicals, including:
- sugar alcohols
- aromatic acids
- sorbic acid
All this means that dried plums certainly qualify for the “Functional food” category–in other words, they provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition.
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