• Vitamin C
• Soluble fibre
The vitamin C in plums provide certain important health benefits, they are a water-soluble vitamin and are responsible for repairing cells, boosting immunity and slowing down the ageing process.
Plums are a great fruit for weight loss as they are very low in calories and contain no saturated fats whilst promoting numerous health compounds, such as antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.
The health compounds in plums, such as dietary fibre, sorbitol, vitamin C and isatin have been found to assist in regulating the digestive system and therefore, helping to relieve constipation, resistance against infectious agents and supports in reducing inflammation.
Plums are also rich in iron which is required for red blood cell formation and potassium that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.
Plums also contain phytonutrients, particularly phenols, which have antioxidant effects. Antioxidants may help prevent cell damage that may lead to cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegeneration and ageing.
Benefits of Eating Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Prunes (dried plums) and prune juice are popular treatments for constipation. Those who prefer a natural treatment often turn to the dried fruit or juice for relief rather than trying other forms of fibre or over-the-counter laxatives.
One review of studies published in 2014 concluded that in the treatment of constipation prunes appear to be superior to psyllium (fibre) for improving stool frequency and consistency.
Improves Heart Health
Plums contain soluble fibre, which is known for being cardio-protective and helpful in reducing bad cholesterol. Limited studies on the fruit have shown that plum consumption is associated with improved cognitive function, bone health parameters and cardiovascular risk factors.
Lowers Diabetes Risk
Results from three cohort studies validate a greater consumption of certain whole fruits is significantly linked to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. Plums were included in the study and identified as a low-glycaemic fruit. Research findings indicate that by replacing fruit juice with whole plums also assists in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
How to enjoy Plums:
Plums have been around for thousands of years, growing in a range of colours and sizes in countries all around the world. These stone fruits are jam-packed with lots of goodness to help you lead a healthy life.
From easy snacks to delicious desserts, there are plenty of exciting ways to include plums in your diet:
• Fresh straight from the fruit bowl or chilled from the fridge
• as a topping for your breakfast cereals, waffles and pancakes
• mixed into your yoghurt, add to ice cream
• smoothies; experimenting with other Go Fruits’ fruits for something different and unique
• juices, cocktails
• add them to your salads, combine with other Go Fruits’ fruits for a healthy and light fruit salad
• fresh plum sauces, jams, chutneys or glazed to compliment meat dishes
• grilled, caramelised, poached and frozen for desserts, dried for trail mixes
• baked: pies, cakes, puddings, cakes, tarts, biscuits
Plums go well with: ginger, sesame, honey, lemons and oranges, cinnamon, balsamic vinegar, other stone fruits.