Whole Foods Wednesday – Plums

Plums take me right back to summer! I would usually have some packed in my cooler for the beach! I love Plums – I like them to have just a tiny bit of firmness to them. And they are good for me!

Plums contain high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These substances help prevent damage, and are particularly effective in neutralizing a particularly dangerous oxygen radical called superoxide anion radical. In addition, they have been shown to help prevent oxygen-based damage to fats. Being that our cell membranes, brain cells and molecules such as cholesterol are largely COMPOSED of fats, preventing free radical damage to fats is a huge plus!

Plums

Plums are a great source of vitamin C, and a good source of vitamin K, copper, dietary fiber, and potassium. They rank low on the Glycemic Index, making them a great snack for someone with Diabetes!

According to https://www.organicfacts.net, “Plums exert anti-hyperglycemic effects and help in combating diabetes. Studies have shown that the consumption of plum extracts aids in the reduction of blood glucose and levels of triglyceride in the body. The flavonoids present in plums exert protective effects against insulin resistance and help to enhance insulin sensitivity in the body.”

Plums rank among the top 10 fresh fruits with the most antioxidant potential, and only blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries have more antioxidants than fresh plums!

And the fun part is, outside of just eating it in hand, there are HUNDREDS of ways to use plums – do you have any favorite ways?

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