Plums: calories, properties and health benefits

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Summer is the plum season. Depending on the variety, they ripen in July or August, but we also find some types of plums in September. We had already told you about the varieties of plums. Now let's focus on their beneficial properties and the calories they contain.

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Summer is the season of plums. Depending on the variety, they ripen in July or August, but we also find some types of plums in September. We already told you about variety of plums. Now we focus on them beneficial properties and on Calories that contain.


Properties of plums

Usually we talk about plums in reference to fresh fruits and of prunes when we mean dried fruits. However, both versions of plums are rich in beneficial properties. One of the main properties of plums is their richness of Vitamin A and fibers.

Vitamin A is important for protecting the skin and organs of our body fromaging early and by the action of free radicals. Eating fruits rich in vitamin A such as plums also protects us from any damage caused by excessive exposure to the sun.

From this point of view, it is important to remember that summer offers us many skin-friendly fruits and vegetables. Let's not forget during this season to consume, in addition to plums, peaches, melon, carrots and apricots if we want to expose ourselves to the sun while protecting the skin from the inside.

The fiber content of plums makes them very useful for regulate bowel activity. In addition to fiber, plums are rich in water, vitamins and mineral salts that are beneficial to the body. In fact, plums contain not only vitamin A but also Vitamin C e vitamins of group B.

As for the mineral salts, plums contain very potassium, a very important substance for maintaining regular blood pressure, especially in case of hypertension, and for preventing muscle cramps. Among the mineral salts present in plums, in addition to potassium, we also find magnesium, football e phosphorus.

Calories of plums

Plums are an average caloric fruit. Like other fruit - among which we find, for example, peaches and apples - contain about 35 calories per 100 grams of fresh product. A single plum provides around 30 calories. If you follow a calorie-counting diet, you should be able to easily incorporate plums into your diet, perhaps for breakfast or as a healthy snack.

Health benefits of plums

Plums are best known for theirs laxative action. If the constipation problems are caused by a low intake of fiber in the diet, the consumption of fresh plums but also prunes can help from this point of view. The advice is to consume the plums in the morning still on an empty stomach before having breakfast to benefit from their intestinal regulating effect.

The plums they are remineralizing and energizing fruits. They are recommended in case of anemia and asthenia. Their wealth of water makes them very useful in summer, when the risk of sweating is more abundant dehydration rises. That's why plums are truly a cure-all, even more so when we have them available in season. To quench our thirst thanks to plums we can prepare a healthy smoothie, perhaps combining them with apricots or summer melon.

From a fiber point of view, plums contain both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. These fibers not only promote intestinal regularity but also contribute to lower cholesterol levels and keep blood sugars in check. As a source of calcium and phosphorus, plums help our body to keep both teeth and bones healthy.

When the plums are out of season and you will need to enrich your diet with fiber, focus on dried plums, which you can soak in a glass of water in the evening to be able to consume them the next morning.

The intestine will benefit from both the prunes as food and the water in which they will be immersed, which you can take as a drink in the morning or during the day, preferably on an empty stomach or in any case between main meals.

Marta Albè

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