It’s no surprise that we love prunes. The research says it all — these superfoods are packed with super nutrition! Check out five reasons why we love prunes.
Prunes slow and prevent aging
Guess which fruit has more antioxidants than blueberries? If you said prunes, give yourself a high five! Prunes are the #1 food in terms of antioxidant capacity. This tiny purple fruit topped the list with more than twice the level of antioxidants than other high-scoring fruits.
Antioxidants help slow oxidative damage throughout the body caused by free radicals, which are associated with as many as 60 different diseases. Are you a regular prune eater? Lucky for you, prunes contain manganese, phytonutrient antioxidants neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid, and the antioxidant beta-carotene. These antioxidants are responsible for slowing and preventing aging and oxidative damage. How’s that for superfood?
* Prior, R., Joseph, J., Cao, G. and Shukitt-Hale, B., “Can Foods Forestall Aging”, Agricultural Research, Feb., 1999
Prunes help prevent diabetes and obesity
Unlike other dried fruit, prunes are low-glycemic, meaning they do not spike blood sugar levels. They’re rich in soluble fiber, which slows the rate at which food leaves the stomach and delays the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. As a result, their high fiber content keeps you satisfied, which can prevent overeating and subsequent weight gain.
Prunes help prevent bone loss
Numerous studies and ongoing research support that the consumption of prunes can help prevent and restore bone loss, especially in postmenopausal women. A clinical study published in Osteoporosis International discovered that eating 100 grams (about two servings) of prunes a day for one year was associated with increased bone mineral density and improved indices of bone turnover in postmenopausal women.
Prunes are vitamin- and mineral-rich
Prunes are rich in important vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, boron, potassium, copper, and vitamin K. Vitamin K helps to improve calcium balance and promotes bone mineralization. A serving of 4-5 serving prunes provides 30% of the 80mcg Daily Value. They are also a great vegetarian source of iron, which can help treat and prevent iron deficiency and anemia.
And yes, prunes relieve constipation
Prunes might be the brunt of jokes in the US, but around the world, their superior digestive health benefits are no laughing matter. Prunes help keep things regular, thanks to a few components, including fiber, sorbitol (a sugar alcohol that pulls moisture into the digestive tract and can loosen the stool) and a natural laxative compound called diphenyl isatin. A 2011 study showed that prunes are more effective than even psyllium for the treatment of mild to moderate constipation.
While we love to eat Taylor Brothers prunes whole, there are several ways to enjoy them in sweet or savory dishes. Chop them into fine pieces and add them to your oatmeal, blend them in your smoothies, or use them as a sugar substitute in your brownie batter. Prunes pair well with chicken, pork and even pizza. Trust us, these aren’t what you’re grandma gave you — our prunes are a dried fruit delicacy. Thankfully, we know the farmers who grow the best.
What are you waiting for? Taste the Taylor difference today.