- Contain lots of fibre and a type of alcohol sugar called sorbitol that can act as natural laxative compound, Normalise blood sugar levels, Prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Out with the old and in with the new. A handful of sticky prunes at night is a sweet way to ensure your next day starts off right.
Prunes are often used in recipes for a sweet sticky delicious texture to puddings, as a snack and when you want to give your body plenty of fibre. Our prunes have a rich juicy texture. Prunes are the dried version of European Plums. They have been used for years as a culinary ingredient and also have been well known to increase bowel movements and prevent constipation. Prunes contain lots of fibre and a type of alcohol sugar called sorbitol that can loosen the stool and as well as a natural laxative compound.
The plum season extends from May through October with the Japanese varieties first on the market from May and peaking in August followed by the European varieties in the fall. Plums and Prunes belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond. They are all considered "drupes," fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds.
The fresh version (plums) and the dried version (prunes) of the plant scientifically known as Prunus domestica have been the subject of repeated health research for their high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These substances found in plum and prune are classified as phenols, and their function as antioxidants has been well-documented. Prunes also increase absorption of iron into the body has also been found in recent research. This ability of plums and prunes to make iron more available may be related to the high Vitamin C content of this fruit. Prunes are a very good source of vitamin C.
The soluble fiber found in Prunes helps to normalize blood sugar levels by slowing the rate at which food leaves the stomach and by delaying the absorption of glucose following a meal. Soluble fiber also increases insulin sensitivity and can therefore play a helpful role in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Prunes are well known for their ability to prevent constipation. In addition to providing bulk and decreasing the transit time through the digestive system, thus decreasing the risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids. Their insoluble fiber also provides food for the "friendly" bacteria in the large intestine, so perfect to take when you are taking probiotics.
You can add prunes to so many dishes both savory and sweet. Soak them for a delicious breakfast and serve with fruit and yoghurt, or serve stewed prunes on top of pancakes and waffles.
Stewed prunes work very well when served with rosemary-scented braised lamb for a Middle Eastern inspired meal. They also make a delicious addition to poultry stuffing.
When using them raw you can use them in many recipes when you would use dates. Combine diced dried prunes with other dried fruits and nuts to make homemade trail mix, blend them into your energy balls, or soak them to add to raw vegan ice cream for a tasty and healthy treat. Yum!
Per 28g serving:
All figures are approximate and can vary.
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