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Here are 10 jaw-dropping reasons why you should include prunes in your diet

Published on:22 January 2021, 12:45pm IST
Dry them, puree them, or eat them just like that. What we mean to say is that you must include prunes in your diet to keep your gut health in check.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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If you think we are being fancy by calling them prunes, we aren’t. Prunes are our very own aloo-bukhara or you can say dried plums. Surprised, aren’t you? Well, peeps, this is nothing, because when you get to know all the benefits of this humble fruit, it’s going to blow your mind for sure. 

Let’s talk about the nutritional value of prunes:

  • It contains healthy carbs
  • Then, there is protein
  • Fibre
  • Potassium
  • Healthy fat
  • Sodium 
  • Natural sugars
  • Vitamins

The best part is if you or your family generally do not like to eat prunes, then you can use it in sugar-free desserts, so you can reap its wondrous benefits.

Although its list of benefits is really long, we’ve picked the top ten:  

1. Keeps your gut hale and hearty

Prunes are loaded with soluble fibre called pectin, which is known to keep your gut health intact. It helps to clear out the intestinal tract, which helps in better bowel movements. It is also considered as a natural laxative.

2. Prevent early signs of ageing

There is only one thing that can help to reduce the early signs of ageing, and that is antioxidants. The antioxidants in prunes work to repair the damaged cells. This way, the cells function properly, preventing any signs of early ageing.

3. Helps to deal with osteoporosis

According to a study published in the journal Osteoporosis International, eating dried plums can show a drastic improvement in those who are dealing with osteoporosis. Basically, prunes help to improve bone density, especially in postmenopausal women.

4. Prevents anemia

Iron deficiency is very common in women, because of which, they feel tired, breathless, irritable, and low on immunity. But eating prunes every day can help you replenish this extremely important mineral.

5. Doesn’t raise blood sugar levels

The soluble fibre slows the digestion process, due to which you don’t feel the urge to eat sugar. That’s exactly why prunes help to maintain the blood sugar levels of a person.

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To explore the impact of prunes on blood sugar levels, add them in your diet. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
6. Prevents hair loss

Iron deficiency is one of the biggest reasons that can cause hair problems like a dry scalp, hair fall, and graying of hair. But the vitamin B and C in prunes helps to deal with these problems effectively.

7. Aids in muscle recovery

There is a mineral called boron that you need, so as to keep your muscles in check. If you get muscle injuries all the time, then that’s a clear indication that your body is deficient in boron. So ladies, stock up on dried prunes.

8. Prunes help to induce sleep

Prunes are a natural source of magnesium, which is known as the sleep- inducer mineral. So, if you’ve been popping pills to get a good night’s sleep, then try and include prunes in your diet, because they will help for sure.

9. Improves heart health

Prunes are known to keep your cholesterol levels and blood pressure in check, which is directly related to your heart health. This is due to the soluble fibre present in it.

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Maintain a heart-friendly lifestyle with prunes. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
10. Aids in weight loss

Dried prunes are great to snack on. Also, it is one superfood that helps you maintain your appetite, and controls the urge for sugary and fried food. That’s all because of pectin.

But we also want to give you a heads-up. You might experience bloating, gas, and diarrhea, and if that happens, then it means you are allergic to prunes.

Other than that, you are good to go with prunes. So, load your grocery bucket with this delish fruit, and nosh on them guilt-free.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.