Dried fruit is from which the majority of the original water content has been removed either naturally, through sun drying food, or through the use of specialised dryers or dehydrators.
Health Benefits of Prunes
- They protect against cardiovascular diseases and other chronic illnesses: Prunes and plums contain high levels of phytonutrients called phenols. They’re particularly high in two unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid.
- They help prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity: Prunes and plums are high in soluble fiber that helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. Soluble fiber slows the rate that food leaves the stomach and, as a result, delays the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. Soluble fiber also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
- Prunes and plums help to lower cholesterol: The soluble fiber we just spoke of also helps to lower cholesterol by soaking up excess bile in the intestine and then excreting it.
- They help improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis: A study from 2011 showed that prunes and plums are the most effective fruit in preventing and reversing bone loss due to rich sources of phenolic and flavonoid compounds.
- They’re a good source of vitamin K and beta carotene: A 2013 study showed that an increased intake of beta carotene can actually make people happier. Beta-carotene also protects and fixes the damage of free radicals on our cells, meaning it can help reverse the signs of aging. Vitamin K works in conjunction with beta carotene to fight the signs of aging by helping reduce bone loss and improving circulation.