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Prune Plum

A prune is a dried plum, typically the European variety of plum. Prunes are a delicious and nutritious way to add sweetness into a meal or dessert. Prunes and plums are high in soluble fibre that helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.

 

Soluble fibre slows the rate that food leaves the stomach and, as a result, delays the absorption of sugar into the blood stream.

 

Soluble fibre also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin. The soluble fibre in prunes helps you feel satisfied after a meal, which can prevent overeating and subsequent weight gain.

 

Much of the antioxidant power of prunes can also be attributed to the high levels of hydroxycinnamic acids (types of phenolic compounds) they contain.

 

The hydroxycinnamic acids present in prunes include neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids, both of which appear to be highly effective at scavenging free radicals.

 

In addition to hydroxycinnamic acids, prunes and plums are rich in anthocyanins, flavonoids pigments with strong antioxidant properties.

 

They are a great source of phenols, which help to prevent oxygen damage to cells.

 

Their sweetness doesn’t make them the best fruit choice for slimmers, but their soluble fibre does slow down absorption of glucose, stabilising blood-sugar levels.

 

Prunes are one of the best foods for vitamin K, vital for strong bones and blood clotting.

 

Prunes contain manganese, iron and plant phenolics that function as antioxidants. Manganese has the important role of protecting mitochondria the cellular structures that create energy – from damage caused by free radicals.

 

Iron may be best known for carrying oxygen, but it’s also an antioxidant that protects cells in the immune system.

 

White blood cells destroy bacteria by secreting a substance that kills them.

 

The same substance damages the white blood cells if it’s not neutralized by iron.

 

Fruits should be a good addition to your daily diet, its not only delicious but protects you from many illnesses.

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