Dried plums are naturally sweet and loaded with:
- Fiber (one whole gram per prunes
- Vital vitamins A, B, C and E
What dried plums don’t carry is also important:
- No fat
- No sodium
- No cholesterol
High in natural antioxidants, dried plums can easily replace BHA and BHT, two petroleum-based antioxidants.
Despite dried plums’ high carbohydrate content and sweet taste, they have a low Glycemic Index which can help moderate the glycemic response for those with diabetes.
Dried plums contain potassium, which, along with sodium and chloride, helps maintain the proper electrical balance in cells and body fluids, and regulate the nerves and muscles.
Not only do dried plums help boost the body’s absorption of iron, an essential mineral that carries oxygen in the bloodstream and muscles, but when eaten consistently over time they can help contribute to an adequate iron intake.
Dried plums are full of phenolic compounds–the same class of powerful antioxidants found in berries, red wine, and green tea–that inhibit the oxidation of LDL (harmful) cholesterol, and can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Dried plums contain exceptional amounts of boron, which is essential in preventing osteoporosis. They are also potassium-rich, a key to bone health that decreases calcium excretion caused by high-salt diets.
California dried plums contain sorbitol, a non-fermentable sugar that helps desirable intestinal microorganisms develop and is one of the secrets behind prunes’ well-known regulatory qualities.
California dried plums also contain fairly equal proportions of soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which are crucial for a healthy digestive system.
Dried plums can also help beauty-conscious consumers. Foods which have been found to be good for skin health include:
- Dried fruits/Prunes
- Legumes (especially broad and lima beans)
- Vegetables (especially green leafy/spinach, eggplant, asparagus, celery, onions/leeks, garlic)
- Multigrain bread