The lowly prune might be the punchline of food humor, but it’s something of a super food that can do a lot for you in a little package. They can form an important part of any healthy diet, and improve your overall health.
The primary reason prunes are often considered a “funny food” is how they affect the digestion; they help keep your bathroom habits regular. That might be funny, or even uncomfortable to talk about, but it’s key to general health. And fiber, the reason why prunes have this effect, is good for more than just helping your visits to the toilet go easier; fiber is helpful in moderating cholesterol. A side effect of reduced constipation is a lowered chance of experiencing a hemorrhoid. Without the need to strain while relieving yourself, there’s less chance of over exertion.
Prunes are also a good source of natural energy. Most foods people think of as energetic are often loaded with sugar, and that leads to an inevitable crash as the sugar is quickly processed out of the body and leaves a deficit. Prunes have a low glycemic index, which means the sugars they contain are absorbed more slowly; so no sugar crash.
The advantages of the wrinkled dried fruit also include weight loss promotion, lowered blood pressure, and better bone health.
Prunes might be the funny super food, but they’re still super good for you. #HealthStatus
- 1The high fiber content in prunes makes them ideal for preventing constipation and preventing hemorrhoids.