PLUMS & PRUNES For Weight Loss
Plums and dried plums, or prunes, are packed with phytonutrients with great antioxidant power, especially protection from free radicals as a result of cooked fats. Prunes in particular are the greatest antioxidant food based on the ORAC comparison, the measure of total antioxidant potential of a food. Prunes were top of the list with 5770 ORAC units per lOOg, more than double that of blueberries (2400) and plums (949). Due to the dehydrated weight of prunes, they measure higher, so blueberries are actually top of the list.
Plums contain neochlorgenic and chlorogenic acid, or phenols that can protect against the free radicals termed superoxide anion radicals.
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The phenols contained in plums and prunes have also shown to be effective in neutralising the free radicals that can damage the fats within the structure of brain cells. Plum sauce is a good addition to those heavy fat-based meals, as it provides antioxidant power to help protect from cholesterol and excess triglycerides. Plums provide vitamin A (345 IU), trace amounts of iron (O. Lmg), copper (0. 04mg), manganese (0. 04mg) and a fair supply of potassium (157mg). Plums supply 9mg of vitamin C and a fair supply of lutein and zeaxanthin (73mg) plus beta carotene, all benefiting the optic system.
Prunes are a compact energy food with a low glycemic index (39). Prunes are well known as a natural laxative: the high level of sorbitol, a sugar alcohol, plus the high potassium content (810mg) and fibre content are the main laxative factors. Prunes and plums are packed with power to protect against fatty oxidation problems and to promote proper elimination.
GLYCEMIC CALORIES – total: 32 kcal. Per 100 grams.
INDEX: 40 Calories from: Carb: 27 Protein: 2 Fat: 3