Fresh or dried, Plums are a sweet way to add nutrient richness to any meal or dessert.  History tells us that Alexander the Great cultivated Plum trees in the Mediterranean, and they arrived in the United States in the mid 1800’s.  Their smooth skin is loaded with antioxidants and can range in color from yellow to green to red to purple.  The flesh colors create a virtual rainbow, with yellow, pink, green and orange hues.  Enjoy the colorful canvas of Plums!  

Along with Peaches, Nectarines, and Almonds, Plums are considered to be “drupes” which are fruits that have a hard stone pit that surrounds their seeds.  They are classified into six general categories: American, Japanese, Damson, Ornamental, Wild, and European Garden.  Although most commercially available Plums are classified as Japanese or European, this designation doesn’t mean that they are grown in those regions.

Prunes, the dehydrated version that are typically referred to as “dried Plums” are typically European Garden Plums and have a different nutritional profile than fresh Plums, with a much higher concentration of sugar.  When you think of Prunes, you probably think of constipation management, because they are the single best-known health benefit of this fruit.  As I always emphasize, health starts in the gut!  Plums and Prunes contribute to digestive health in two important ways:

  1. They contain soluble fiber.  Soluble fiber absorbs water and helps soften the stool to move it through the digestive tract more easily.  
  2. They are rich in sorbitol, a sugar alcohol with an outstanding laxative effect.  Sorbitol is slowly metabolized by the body, which is a good thing because it raises blood sugar slowly.

Antioxidant compounds are essential for our bodies to LIVE YOUNGER.  In addition to Vitamin C for free-radical protection, iron for strong red blood cells, blood pressure-regulating Potassium, Vitamin A for eye protection, and B Vitamins for enhanced metabolism, Plums and other drupes contain two interesting phytonutrients that are being extensively studied.  Classified as phenols, neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid are strong antioxidants against the superoxide anion radical.  This harmful free radical is a known bandit for damaging the essential fats in our cell membranes, including our brain cells.  Cell membranes protect the cell from the surroundings, letting in the good and expelling the bad.

Enjoy the colorful canvas of Plums.  START SOMEWHERE including more natural sweetness into your day and harvest the innumerable benefits for vitality.  LIVE YOUNGER by giving your body more of what it was designed to thrive on.  You can do it.  I will help you.    

Enjoy the Colorful Canvas of Plums

Enjoy the Colorful Canvas of Plums