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The Almighty Prune!

by Sharon Gayle August 19, 2011

Prunes …don’t let their looks fool you!

What Prunes lack in looks they most definitely make-up for in nutritional benefits; so don’t let their wrinkled exterior deter you from adding them to your meals. If not daily; perhaps, every few weeks.

It’s quite amazing just how beneficial adding them to your daily diet would be and did you know that Prunes have more Potassium than 1 - Banana?

Starting it's life out as a plum, the prune is truly a majestic fruit. Weight for weight, they're by far on of the richest food source of protective antioxidants providing a massive boost to natural resistance and vitality! (See Prunes at the ORAC* listing below)

Health Benefits of Prunes:

  • Prunes contains large amounts of fibers and sorbitol a stool loosening sugar
  • Prunes helps to slow aging process of the brain and body
  • Helps in cases of anemia
  • Prunes are excellent for increasing one's vitality
  • It helps in normal blood circulation
  • It is a good remedy for sore throat
  • It can help prevent cancer because of its high beta-carotene content

Nutritive Values of Prunes : Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A : 1,890 I.U.
  • Vitamin B : Thiamine .10 mg.
  • Riboflavin : .16 mg.
  • Niacin : 1.7 mg.
  • Vitamin C : 3 mg.
  • Calcium : 11 mg.
  • Iron : .7 mg.
  • Phosphorus : 85 mg.
  • Potassium : 810 mg.
  • Fat : .6 gm.
  • Carbohydrates : 71 gm.
  • Protein : 2.3 gm.
  • Calories : 268

From a nutritional standpoint, prunes stand out as being an unusually good source of Vitamin A. In fact, a serving of prunes provides almost a quarter of your daily requirement of this important vitamin. Although a bit high in natural sugar, prunes are relatively low in calories at about twenty (20) calories per prune. It's best to eat whole prunes rather than prune juice to get the benefits of the fiber. Prune juice is also relatively high in calories and sugar at 180 calories per cup.

Article Source:  Hubpages

ORACValues.com is a comprehensive database of foods and their antioxidant levels.

For more on the benefits of Prunes click on the links below:
Prunes Deserve More Respect…  Source: AssociatedContent.com
Prunes can help with Osteoporosis.  Source: Antioxidantsguide.com


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