Benefits of Prunes

Over the past decade, researchers have made considerable progress in discovering and understanding the positive effects the consumption of California Prunes can have on our health, including bone health and gut health.

The power of California Prunes includes important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. Together, these nutrients form a web of vital functions that support overall health and the immune system.

100g California prunes provides:

  • 7g fibre
  • 15g sorbitol
  • 59.5mcg vitamin K (79% RI)
  • 735mg potassium (37% RI)
  • 0.21mg vitamin B6 (15% RI)
  • 0.281mg copper (28% RI)
  • 0.299mg manganese (15%RI)

(RI=reference intake)

Key Benefits

California Prunes are big on “no” – like no added sugar (just naturally occurring sugars), no salt, and no fat. And that makes it easy (and smart!) to say “yes” to the tasty fruit. Plus, they offer a sweet, delectable taste for snacks, and are ideal at breakfast, lunch or dinnertime too.

High in fibre, and with a low GI of 29, California Prunes can be enjoyed as part of a varied and balanced diet, and a healthy lifestyle, with many benefits as outlined below:

Bone Health

Strong, healthy bones are the foundation for lifelong vitality. Nutrients that influence the maintenance of normal bones, including vitamin K and manganese, can be found in prunes. Exciting research is exploring the complex role prunes play in bone health.

Fat Free

Prunes are fat and saturated fat free. Reducing consumption of saturated fat contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.

Gut Health

Prunes’ unique blend of fibre and sorbitol work together, and 100g daily helps with normal bowel function. 100g California Prunes contains 7g of fibre (soluble and insoluble).

Helpful Nutrients

  • vitamin K and manganese contribute to the maintenance of normal bones;
  • vitamin B6 and copper contribute to the normal function of the immune system;
  • manganese and copper help protect cells from oxidative stress;
  • and potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure.

No Sugar Added

With fewer than 100 calories per serving (4 to 5 prunes – 38g), California Prunes provide a satisfyingly sweet taste with no added sugar, and contain naturally-occurring fructose and glucose but almost no sucrose. They also contain sorbitol, a sugar alcohol which is slowly and poorly absorbed into the gut, and which provides a good medium in which desirable intestinal micro-organisms can be produced.