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California Prune Juice Health & Nutrition Information Leaflet

California Prune Juice Health & Nutrition Information Leaflet

Made from sun-ripened prunes grown in California, prune juice has a rich avour, which is deliciously sweet and smooth, yet, like all fruit juices*, California Prune Juice has no added sugar, containing naturally occurring sugars only…

Made from sun-ripened prunes grown in California, prune juice has a rich avour, which is deliciously sweet and smooth, yet, like all fruit juices*, California Prune Juice has no added sugar, containing naturally occurring sugars only…

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California Prunes Health & Nutrition Information Leaflet

California Prunes Health & Nutrition Information Leaflet

• Prunes are the only natural, whole fruit to achieve an authorised health claim in Europe. • Eating 100g California Prunes (roughly 8-12) daily contributes to normal bowel function as part of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. • Individual dose preferences vary.Recommended to introduce gradually and build up dose, taking more fluid at the same time. • Approximately 3 [...]

Prunes are the only natural, whole fruit to achieve an authorised health claim in Europe.

Eating 100g California Prunes (roughly 8-12) daily contributes to normal bowel function as part of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle.

Individual dose preferences vary.Recommended to introduce gradually and build up dose, taking more fluid at the same time.

Approximately 3 prunes, or 28g contributes one of your 5-a-day.

The California Prune Board represents the 900 prune growers and 25 packers of California, one of the most quality-focused agriculture industries in the world. Ours is the product of generations of growing expertise, dedication to innovation and care for our environment.

Prunes are a rich flavoured, convenient everyday snack and a useful ingredient when reformulating recipes to improve nutritional quality…….

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Health Care Professional Newsletter – Issue 1 – July 2016

Health Care Professional Newsletter – Issue 1 – July 2016

Through this newsletter we aim to keep you updated on new research relevant to dried fruit, in particular prunes (dried plums), plus nutrition news, recipes and anything else we as fellow dietitians and nutritionists find interesting, so want to share with you! Not another newsletter? Don’t worry- we’re keeping it to brief headlines only, so if you have any questions [...]

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Through this newsletter we aim to keep you updated on new research relevant to dried fruit, in particular prunes (dried plums), plus nutrition news, recipes and anything else we as fellow dietitians and nutritionists find interesting, so want to share with you!

Not another newsletter? Don’t worry- we’re keeping it to brief headlines only, so if you have any questions or would like more information, or copies of the references, just get in touch.

Who are CPB? The California Prune Board, under the authority of the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture represents the entire 900 prune plums growers and 29 prune packers of California, which is the largest producer of prunes in the world and known to be the best quality due to the regions’ rigorous harvesting techniques and quality control assessments. The premium produce is supplied to 72 countries worldwide and the region contributes 43% of the world’s prune supplies and 99% of the United States’ prune supplies.

 

Dried fruit & dental health- dilemma, controversy or compromise?

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Dried fruit such as prunes make excellent convenience fruit snacks- being portable and long life. BUT ask a dentist and advice can be confusing. As good as the new EATWELL Guide is, we have to ask why dried fruit is still limited to one portion of 5-a-day? -Because it’s always been that way? -On what scientific grounds? A between meal sweet addict might be more inclined to switch to snacking on prunes than fresh apples or pears, as a first step towards a healthier diet. Would this be a problem? What’s your view- we’d love to hear from you.

The California Prune Board have taken this matter seriously and commissioned Dr Michele Sadler to review the research literature. Michele presented her preliminary findings at a HCP seminar in 2015 and her paper has now been published in International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition1. Oral health is a complex issue and this literature review shows a lack of consistent data such that more research is needed to ensure evidence-based practice. Prunes can provide some potential benefits including:

Chewing to encourage salivary flow

Anti-microbial properties due to polyphenol content

Cleansing action from fibre

Low fermentability as high in sorbitol and low in sucrose

Beware free sugars added to dried fruits- here’s how they are classified(2):

Traditional / conventional: no added sugar e.g. dates, figs, prunes, raisins, apricots, peaches, apples and pears

Sweetened: infused with sugar solutions (such as sucrose syrup) or fruit juice concentrates prior to drying e.g. blueberries, cranberries, cherries, strawberries, and mangoes

Candied fruits: sold as, but technically not dried fruits! e.g. papayas and pineapples

Ground Control To Major Tim, Eat Some California Prunes!

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Prunes have been investigated for use in space due to their promising potential as an aid to preserving bone mass. Research on prunes and bone health is an exciting area of current interest and not just for us on Earth! See our press release for more details.

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk

 

Natural, nutritious and versatile

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A brilliantly easy fibre boost to any breakfast – adding 3.5g fibre per portion to our prune porridge recipe below.

CALIFORNIA PRUNE PORRIDGE

Serves 4  Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

200g (20 prunes) California prunes

180g porridge oats

600ml milk

Mixture of toppings: Flax, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, nuts, chai seeds, fresh berries, goji berries, chopped fresh fruit in season

Method

Place the porridge and milk in a large saucepan and place over a low heat.  Add the whole or chopped California prunes and cook for approximately 10 minutes, adding more milk if needed. Alternatively cook in the microwave.

Once cooked, divide the porridge into bowls and top with toppings of choice.

 

For more California prune recipes visit: www.californiaprunes.co.uk

A traditional dried fruit made for the gut

Prunes have been around for thousands of years, with evidence of plum kernels dating back to the Neolithic period (5000BC) and prunes being specifically mentioned since 484BC3. Being historically recognised for their beneficial digestive properties, it’s no surprise that the European Commission have confirmed that prunes contribute to normal bowel function with a daily intake of 100g4. Amazingly prunes are the only natural, whole and dried fruit to achieve an authorised health claim in the EU!

Prunes have been shown to be at least as effective as psyllium for chronic constipation. Attaluri (2011)concluded that they should be considered as a first line therapy following a randomised cross-over study of 40 subjects who consumed 50g prunes or 11g psyllium (equal fibre content) twice daily for 3 weeks

A perfect sweet snack

Being dried and portable, prunes make a handy sweet treat that’s packed with fibre (7.1g/100g in fact!), with the added bonus of containing naturally occurring sugars, with no added free sugars. Valuable for their micronutrient contribution too: California prunes are high in potassium and vitamin K; and a source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese. They also contain 12g sorbitol per 100g and are fat, saturated fat and salt- free

Check out how they compare to some common ‘healthy’ snacks:

Sugar and fibre content (per portion)* of some common ‘healthy’ snacks

Carbohydrate (g)

Sugar (g)

Fibre (g)

California prunes (30g, 3 prunes)

17.0

11.4

2.1

Dried apricots (24g, 3 apricots)

13.3

12.8

1.8

Raisins (30g)

22.6

17.8

1.1

Plums (110g, 2 medium plums)

11.0

10.9

1.5

Banana (100g)

20.2

12.2

2.6

Grapes (100g)

17.2

15.5

0.9

Apple (100g)

11.4

10.4

2.4

Mixed nuts & raisins (40g)

14.9

9.92

2.3

Fruit scone (48g)

25.7

8.6

1.4

Malt loaf (35g)

21.6

7.5

1.2

Low fat fruit yogurt (150g)

19.6

17.1

0.5

Plain digestive biscuit (13g)

8.1

2.2

0.5

*USDA data has been used for fruits, since USDA measures carbohydrate ‘by difference’, so the value includes CHO components such as sorbitol.  McCance and Widdowson data measures available CHO, which is the sum of measured free sugars & complex carbohydrates. Dietplan7 data has been used for other snacks. Dietplan 7 (2016) Forestfield. http://www.foresoft.co.uk/.

 

References:

1. Sadler MJ (2016) Dried fruit and dental health. Int. J Fd. Sc. Nutr. Publ. online 14th July. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09637486.2016.1207061

2. Alasalva C, Shahidi F (2013) Dried Fruits: Phytochemicals and Health Effects. Wiley-Blackwell.

3. How the prune travelled the world a brief 4000 year history http://www.ipaprunes.org/pdf/History%20of%20prunes%20in%20general.pdf [accessed 24/02/16]

4. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 536/2013 of 11 June 2013 amending Regulation (EU) No 432/2012 establishing a list of permitted health claims made on foods other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health

5. Attaluri A, Donahoe R, Valestin J, Brown K, Rao S (2011) Randomised clinical trial: dried plums (prunes) vs. psyllium for Constipation. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 33; 822-8.

 

Newsletter compiled by Jennette Higgs RD, EU Nutrition Consultant to CPB, FOOD TO FIT Ltd.

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Prune Research Information

Prune Research Information

This brochure contains a summary of world wide scientific research on prunes (and associated reference links).

This brochure contains a summary of world wide scientific research on prunes (and associated reference links).

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Further research suggests a link between prunes and healthy bones

Further research suggests a link between prunes and healthy bones

Osteoporosis continues to be a growing health concern and according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF):..

Osteoporosis continues to be a growing health concern and according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF):..

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