I have to admit… I wasn’t the biggest fan of prunes. In fact, I’ve stayed away from them for most of my life. I mean… PRUNES? Prunes are what my grandmother ate right?
Wrong. This fruit is just PACKED with nutrition!
Antioxidants: Prunes are rich in antioxidants. Studies show that antioxidants may play a role in disease prevention and may slow the aging process in both body and brain.
Potassium: Move over bananas! Ounce for ounce, Prunes have more potassium than bananas. Studies have shown potassium helps prevent hypertension and stroke.
Not to mention a few other health benefits including:
Blood Sugar Control: Prunes are rich in soluble fiber, which may play an important role in glucose control, helping to normalize blood sugar and insulin levels making diabetes more manageable.
Regularity: Prunes are the all-natural solution to maintaining regularity because they’re a great source of fiber. A regular and consistent digestive tract leads to improved digestive and immune system health.
Energy: Prunes are high in potassium, an essential mineral that helps support cell energy by regulating fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contraction.
Healthy Bones: A handful of nutrient rich prunes a day may help bone metabolism and the reversal of bone loss for people with osteoporosis. They may also lead to improved bone formation.
Weight Loss: Prunes are a great source of fiber, and this can help keep hunger pangs at bay. A diet rich in fiber can help promote fat loss if fiber foods replace fats and sweets. Plus, four prunes have just 100 calories!
Heart Health: Prunes can help play a role in preventing heart disease and chronic diseases because they’re rich in antioxidants, which slow the chemical process of oxidation and protect key cell components from damage.
Prebiotic Power: Prunes have prebiotics, which stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine. This helps dietary fiber perform well and promotes immune system and digestive health.
Be sure to give them a chance the next time you are walking down the grocery aisles of your local supermarket! And since they come individually packaged, prunes are such a convenient snack for your children while they are in school.