Dried plums are also known as prunes. This naturally-sweet snack food contains nutrients to support several different bodily systems. Most people are aware that prunes support the digestive system by supplying fiber. Nevertheless, there is so much more to love about these dried fruits.
Prunes are rich in antioxidants. Polyphenols positively impact bone health and may help reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Dried plums have more than double the amount of polyphenols found in peaches and nectarines. Studies suggest polyphenols reduce inflammation in joint disease and lung disease. Prunes specifically contain anthocyanins, which are a variety of polyphenols that may protect against heath disease and cancer.
Despite being high in carbs, prunes may help control blood sugar. Consuming the dried fruit potentially increases adiponectin, a hormone that helps with blood sugar regulation. The high fiber content in prunes also slows the rate at which the body metabolizes carbs.
Therefore, consuming prunes generally does not cause an insulin spike. Many are surprised to learn that prunes may prevent and possibly reverse bone loss. In addition to being rich in magnesium, potassium, Vitamin K, and phosphorous, prunes may contain hormones that support bone formation.
Eating prunes may also benefit heart health. High levels of fiber, potassium, and antioxidants help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.
Most people who eat prunes consume them alone as a quick snack. Nevertheless, there are several other ways to enjoy our dried plums. You can add them to baked goods for a delicious treat. The dried fruit can be blended with liquid to create juices and smoothies. You can also add prunes to salads. The options are limitless when you choose our fresh California prunes.