Health benefits of prunes
Consuming prunes can provide several health benefits due to their nutrients and bioactive compounds. Here are some potential benefits:
1. Dietary Fiber: prunes are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which can promote digestive health and prevent constipation. Fiber helps maintain bowel regularity and promotes proper movement of food through the digestive system.
2. Antioxidants: prunes contain a variety of antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which help protect cells from free radical damage. Antioxidants can have beneficial effects on overall health and may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and certain types of cancer.
3. Vitamins and minerals: prunes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and iron. These nutrients are important for proper body function and can contribute to bone health, immune function, skin health, among others.
4. Satiety and weight control: Because of their fiber content and chewy texture, dried plums can help increase satiety, which can be beneficial for weight control. By including prunes as part of a balanced diet, you can feel fuller longer and reduce the urge to overeat.
5. Cardiovascular health: Some research suggests that regular consumption of prunes may have positive effects on cardiovascular health. It has been observed that plums can help reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and improve the overall lipid profile.
Chileprunes actively participates in the Bonehealth Research study through IPA (International Prunes Association), where we have had very auspicious results, not only in the prevention of Osteoporosis but also in the regeneration of bone mass, a study that has been going on for several years.
Prunes are available all year round. They are harvested in February and then undergo the drying and tenderizing process. The geographical characteristics of our country, the Atacama Desert, the Andes Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica generate good climatic conditions for production. The country has about 13 thousand hectares planted with plums for dehydration and produces about 75 thousand tons per year.