Plums are believed to be native to China and are a member of the Rosacea (rose) family, thus related to peaches and apricots.

Plums have a smooth skin which comes in differing shades of yellow, green, red, or purple and the slightly translucent pulp is succulently sweet. The richer the colour the higher the antioxidants present which are embedded within the skin membranes of the fruit.

 

Prunes, are dried plums, however they contain nearly four times the amount of sugar (fructose) and tend to offer less in a way of nutrients than fresh plums.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Provides significant antibacterial properties and the antioxidants lutein and cryptoxanthin that work to promote macular pigment in human eyes as well as eliminate free radicals in the blood stream which reduce the risk of cancerous cell growth. (1)

 

  • Consist of high levels of vitamin K which promotes the blood clotting process as well as strengthens teeth, bones and skin. (2)

 

  • Provides good levels of fibre which lowers low-density lipid (bad) cholesterol, improving glucose tolerance and stimulates good gut health. (3)

 

  • Has good levels of vitamin A and C which benefits us by improving our autoimmunity functions and decreasing the risk of degenerative diseases and heart disease. (4)

 

  • Contains iron and potassium which promote red blood cell production and regulate the blood around the body respectively. (5)

 

  • Supplies B-vitamins such as vitamins B-2 (niacin), B-5 (pantothenic acid) and B-6 (pyridoxine) which are important in metabolising carbohydrates, fats and proteins. (6)

 

Plums Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 46
Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 11 g 4%
Dietary Fibre 1 g 6%
Sugar 10 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 7% Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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