Prune and Plum Nutrition,
Health Benefits of Plums and Prunes

All about plum nutrition information,  prunes nutrition information, health benefits of plums, prunes and prune juice

Plums are a gorgeous sweet and tart fruit, similar in size to an apricot but with a smooth skin. There are many varieties, and each has its own distinctive color. There are varieties that are green, yellow, red and purple. Plums contain a stone which is toxic, so throw it away. One variety, sloe, is used to make sloe gin.

Dried plums are known as prunes. We’ve included the nutrient data of both plums and prunes below so you can compare. One serving of plums (100g or 3.5oz) contains 46 calories with very little fat and no cholesterol. Prunes though contain 240 calories as they have a lot less water. Plums and prunes make a fantastic healthy snack but don’t eat too many prunes given their high calorie content. Plums and prunes contain oxalic acid, so eat in moderation.

Comparing the nutrients of fresh and dried, the prune has a higher concentration of nearly every vitamin and mineral with the exception of vitamin C. So plums provide a good source of vitamin C and a modest amount of vitamin A. However, one serving of prunes provides a good amount of the B vitamins, especially B3 (niacin), B2 (riboflavin) and B6. They are loaded with vitamin K and also provide a good amount of vitamin A, magnesium, manganese, potassium and copper.

Plums, and especially prunes, are full of fiber and great for our digestion and preventing constipation. Also consider drinking prune juice as they rank second in soluble fiber content. The University of California claims prunes will help lower your LDL cholesterol. Prunes also contain traces of boron which help gives us strong bones and prevent osteoporosis. Plums are thought be very good for our liver.

When buying prunes try to buy and eat ‘fresh’ sulphite free to maximise the nutrient content. You can tell a plum is ready when it looks plump and the skin has a matt color. If the skin is shiny then it is not yet ripe. The plum will continue to ripen once purchased, but they will go off after a few days.

Compare plum nutrition facts to the other fruits.

Plum Nutrition Facts
Prune Nutrition Facts

Nutritional Value of Plums and Prunes

Plum Nutrition Facts
Plum nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
NutrientPlums, raw
Refuse: 6% (Pits).
Scientific Name: Prunus spp
Prunes, dried, uncooked
Water87.23 g30.92 g
Energy192 kJ (46 kcal)1006 kJ (240 kcal)
Protein0.70 g2.18 g
Carbohydrates11.42 g63.88 g
Total Fat:0.28 g0.38 g
Fiber1.4 g7.1 g
Cholesterol0 mg0 g
Calcium, Ca6 mg (0.6%)43 mg (4.3%)
Iron, Fe0.17 mg (1%)0.93 mg (5%)
Magnesium, Mg7 mg (2%)41 mg (11%)
Phosphorus, P16 mg (2%)69 mg (7%)
Potassium, K157 mg (3%)732 mg (16%)
Sodium, Na0 mg 2 mg (0.09%)
Zinc, Zn0.10 mg (0.7%)0.44 mg (3%)
Copper, Cu0.057 mg (3%)0.281 mg (14%)
Manganese, Mn0.052 mg (3%)0.299 mg (15%)
Selenium, Se0 mcg0.3 mcg (0.4%)
Vitamin C9.5 mg (16%)0.6 mg (1%)
Thiamine (Vit. B1)0.028 mg (2%)0.051 mg (3.4%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)0.026 mg (1.5%)0.186 mg (11%)
Niacin (Vit. B3)0.417 mg (2%)1.882 mg (9%)
Pantothenic acid (B5)0.135 mg (1%)0.422 mg (4.2%)
Vitamin B60.029 mg (1%)0.205 mg (10%)
Folate (Vit. B9)5 mcg (1%)4 mcg (1%)
Vitamin A345 IU (7%)781 IU (16%)
Vitamin E0.26 mg (1%)0.43 mg (2%)
Vitamin K6.4 mcg (8%)59.5 mcg (74%)
Percentages are relative to US Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for adults.
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

Author: Lana Soko

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