Disease Prevention With Prunes

Disease Prevention With Prunes

Prunes are plums which have been dehydrated ¡n hot air for 18 hours. They are used for cooking both savoury and sweet dishes. Prunes are also used in making juice and ‘Kampot which is a traditional drink in Eastern, Central and Southern Europe.

Plums and prunes contain high levels of phytonutrients called phenolic compounds. They are particularly high in two unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. A number of studies have shown that these phytonutrients helps prevent damage to cells particularly when it comes to the oxidation of fat molecules in the body.

A clinical trial has also found that prunes improve bone mineral density (BMD) in post-menopausal women. Also, the phenolic compounds in prunes have been found to inhibit LDL oxidation in humans and thus may serve as preventive agents against chronic diseases, such as heart diseases and cancer.


Prevents Type 2 Diabetes

Prunes are a good source of energy as they are loaded with simple sugars. Prunes and plums contain large amounts of soluble fibre that helps to keep blood sugar stable. Soluble fibre slows the rate of food that leaves the stomach, which results in delaying the absorption of sugar in to the blood.

Prevents Obesity

Prunes help in controlling the urge of overeating and helps in preventing subsequent weight gain as the soluble fibre present in prunes keeps one full and satisfied after a meal.

Benefits Of Eating Prunes During Pregnancy

  • Prevents constipation and aids bowel movement
  • Prevents anaemia and boosts iron levels
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Prevents joint pains
  • Fights nausea

Phytonutrients present in prunes, helps prevent, damage to cells, particularly when it conies,to the oxidation of fat molecules in the body

Nutritive Value (100gm)
Calories 240
Protein 2.2g
Total fat 0g
Total carbohydrate 64mg
Dietary fibre 7g
Sugars 38mg
Calcium 43mg
Sodium 2mg
Potassium 732mg
Magnesium 41mg
Phosphorus 69mg
Omega 3 fatty acids 17mg
Omega 6 fatty acids 44mg

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