Properties and Benefits of Dried Plums: Prunes or dried plums are a sweet, nutritious treat with great antioxidant properties. They a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals and contain generous amounts of polyphenols, powerful antioxidant compounds found naturally in plants. In addition to this, dried plums promote and maintain digestive health, making them a safe food for anyone dealing with minor or major stomach discomfort.
Dried plums are definitely a good choice if you are looking to make some healthy dietary changes. Most people associate dried plums with older people and, as a consequence, they tend to completely disregard their health benefits. They are not for the elderly alone. Dried plums constitute a nutritious food, recommended for all ages. They are great as a snack, they make a wonderful stuffing, a delicious sweet cream soup and an exquisite quiche. But, overall, dried plums are best consumed as they are.
Although they may appear unappealing to some, few people have ever given them a chance. Modern diets tend to overwhelm us with mostly crunchy, salty, dry textures in food so naturally, a soft, chewy, sweet food does not fit the mould of processed items. But does that really mean we won’t like them? Actually, the dried fruit is not only savory, but also extremely healthy.
Dried plums are full of natural sugars, containing around 40 g of sugars/100 g of fruit. When the fresh plum is put to dry, its mass reduces but preserve the same amount of natural sweetness, meaning that the dry version is actually much sweeter than the fresh fruit, just not very juicy. The natural sugars in the dry fruit make it an excellent desert option or hypoglycemia emergency food, especially considering it stacks even more vitamins and dietary minerals than the fresh fruit.
Because they lack water, dry plums tend to have a soft, chewy texture, which is why they are especially recommended for older people who may have lost their teeth or are using dentures and thus may find it difficult to chew. They are just as good for small children who lack strong jaws to chew on hard foods. But do you actually imagine that toddlers would eat something unappetizing? Of course not! Dry plums are sugary, natural, soft and fragrant and if children like them, then why wouldn’t an adult come to appreciate their unique flavor? More important, they are a rich source of nutrients.
Dried plums are a great source of dietary fiber (approximately 7 g of fiber/100 g of pulp). If you are dealing with constipation on a regular basis, then you need to add more fiber into your diet. Eat a small cup of Greek yogurt and oats in the morning, add a few chopped almonds or a teaspoon of sesame seeds to your lunch salad and eat 6-7 dried plums if you crave something sweet in the afternoon and you have yourself the perfect recipe for easy, regular intestinal transit.
Just as important: because fiber soaks up water, you need to drink more liquids when raising your fiber intake. Maintain a similar routine for less than a week and you will definitely see major improvements in your digestive health. Fiber-rich foods such as dried prunes are a potent natural laxative and thus encourage you to take regular trips to the bathroom as well as ensure you spend less time there every time you go. But make sure you don’t eat too many or else you will have to take a few unplanned trips to the bathroom.
Because they contain natural sugars and good amounts of B vitamins, dried plums help maintain good energy levels. Eating a few when you are feeling lethargic will help improve your spirits. Prunes are also a wonderful source of vitamin K, responsible for calcium absorption in bones and blood coagulation. In addition to this, vitamin K prevents atherosclerosis, a condition in which calcium fragments deposit on artery walls, which may lead to increased risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events.
Other benefits of dried plums are related to their high dietary mineral content. Magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus and potassium contribute to healthy muscles, good energy levels, strong teeth and bones, normal growth and development in children and cardiovascular health. If you take a chance, you will surely find dried plums absolutely delicious. After all, they are the healthier dried version of regular plums.