I originally wrote this story about the health benefits of plums for Lifetime Daily.
Little Jack Horner made them famous. Plums don’t belong in any corner, particularly given their health benefits. They need to be front and center in the diets of healthy older adults. This stone fruit, which comes in yellow, green, red, purple and blue, round or oval, is a vessel of all kinds of vitamins and minerals. Loaded with immunity-boosting vitamin C and plenty of B vitamins, plums are believed to be one of the first fruits cultivated by humans. Good thing, considering all of the other health benefits they offer.
Plum Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits
1. Dried plums keep things moving.
Put that psyllium down (a popular natural fibre remedy for treating constipation) and reach for a plum instead. In fact, reach for a dried version — a prune. Research shows that dried plums are more effective than psyllium at treating mild to moderate constipation.
2. Plums are a low-calorie, low-carb fruit.
A cup of sliced raw plums contains 11 carbs, 1 gram of fiber and about 75 calories. A cup of prunes on the other hand contain 63 carbs, 7 grams of fiber and about 240 calories.