Thursday, May 29, 2008

Plum Regulates the Digestive System

Plum fruit is sweet and juicy and it can be eaten fresh or used in jam making or other recipes. Plum juice can be fermented into plum wine; when distilled, this produces a brandy known in Eastern Europe as Slivovitz, Rakia, Tzuica or Palinka.

Various flavors of dried plum are available at Chinese grocers and specialty stores worldwide. They tend to be much drier than the standard prune. Cream, Ginseng, Spicy, and Salty are among the common variety flavors. Licorice is generally used to intensify the flavor of these plums and is used to make salty plum drinks.

Plums come in a wide variety of colours and sizes. Some are much firmer-fleshed than others and some have yellow, white, green or red flesh, with equally varying skin colour. The plum's skin is a source of insoluble fibre, whereas the pulp is a source of soluble fibre.
Pickled plums are another type of preserve available in Asia and international specialty stores.

Regulates Digestive System
Plums and prunes are known for their laxative effect. This effect has been attributed to various compounds present in the fruits, such as dietary fiber, sorbitol and isatin. Prunes and prune juice are often used to help regulate the functioning of the digestive system.

What are prunes?
Dried plums are known as Prunes. Prunes are also sweet and juicy and contain several antioxidants.
A prune is a dried fruit of various plum species. The fresh fruit looks like a normal plum, but has an oval shape, similar to an apricot. When dried it is wrinkly in texture, and chewy on the inside.

Prunes are used in cooking both sweet and savory dishes.

Potent Laxative
Prune juice contains the natural laxative dihydrophenylisatin (related to isatin). Prunes also contain a fair amount of dietary fibre (about 7%, or 0.7 g per prune). Prunes and prune juice are thus common home remedies for constipation. Prunes have a high antioxidant content.

Plums (without pit)Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 50 kcal 190 kJ
Carbohydrates 11.4 g
-Sugars 9.9 g
-Dietary fiber 1.4 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 0.7 g
Vitamin C equiv. 9.5 mg 16%

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