It seems like the only time anyone talks about prunes is in relation to the importance they have for the elderly. The truth is that prunes are healthy for everyone! In fact, if you’re looking to lose some weight or simply manage yours better, prunes serve a very beneficial role. And feel free to refer to them as dried plums, which is all a prune is anyway.
The benefits to weight loss from prunes
Recent research out of the University of Liverpool followed the results of 2 groups of participants. One was given prunes as part of their weight control program, the control group received advice on healthy snacks. By the end of 12 weeks, the group eating prunes each day had lost an average of about 4.5 pounds and about 1 inch from their waistlines. The group that did not eat prunes lost a 3.5 pounds and only about half an inch from their waistlines.
These results may sound somewhat small, but keep in mind that the study was only 12 weeks long. Those numbers could really add up over the long-term. And at Olumia Life, our primary concern is your long-term success. Basically, if the extra weight loss by participants were drawn out over a full year, it’d add up a an 3 pounds in weight loss simply from eating prunes.
According to psychologist at Liverpool and lead researcher, Dr. Jo Harrold, “These are the first data to demonstrate both weight loss and no negative side effects when consuming prunes as part of a weight management diet. Indeed in the long-term they may be beneficial to dieters by tackling hunger and satisfying appetite; a major challenge when you are trying to maintain weight loss.”
Are prunes a “superfood”?
Food isn’t magic, and there isn’t one single “key” that will solve all the problems in a diet. Instead, it’s a lot of little things you can do that will add up over time. Prunes are a part of a great diet, but fruits in general are the important thing. In fact, including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your meals will be much better for you than trying to adhere to only one.
The other plusses of dried plums
That said, prunes do have a lot of beneficial nutrients. As with all fruits, prunes are a great source of fiber. No matter what age you may be, the importance of fiber cannot be understated. From improving your gut flora to helping sate your appetite, fiber plays an essential role in long-term health.
Prunes also contain lots of vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium. This helps strengthen bones, improve muscle strength, increase your metabolism and a lot more.
Dried plums make for a great snack, one that is sweet but also helpful in holding you over until your next meal.
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