I feel sorry for prunes. There is probably no other fruit that’s so closely associated with old people and bowel habits. And that’s not a knock on old people, because I’m practically one myself. Just the word P-R-U-N-E has a negative connotation. Wrinkly. Laxative. Think I’m wrong? Just try to ask the kid who stocks the dried fruit aisle at the grocery store where you can find the prunes, without feeling like you have to whisper. Oh. You have that problem. Smirk. Middle of aisle on the left. How many other fruits do you know that had to change their name for marketing purposes? Dried Plums – I’m talking about you.
Well, guess what? I love prunes, and my family really does too. They’re like sweet, juicy, less-wrinkled giant raisins, and a really yummy fruit snack. And – I love them even more since I discovered that they’re also really good for your bones. I know, weird, that prunes (or should I call them, Dried Plums) can be good for your bones – but several research studies have found it to be true. It seems that eating about 10 prunes each day can prevent osteoporosis, and possibly help to rebuild bone.
If you think eating 10 prunes will send you on an instant bathroom break, I highly doubt that would happen. Prunes do have fiber, but a serving (about 5) only has about 3 grams of fiber. That’s really not that much, considering we’re supposed to eat about 25 grams each day. Prunes do have naturally occurring sorbitol, a sugar alcohol, which can have a laxative effect in large doses. It’s much more concentrated in prune juice though. If you’re worried, just start slow – eat 3 or 4 and see how you do.
Prunes, or dried plums are great on their own, but they’re kind of fun dressed up too. I love them coated with a little bit of Gorgonzola Dolce and rolled in toasted pecans. Yum. Party Prunes.
This was not a sponsored post. I just like prunes! How do you feel about them?