The Perfect Snack You Never Thought Of!

They're sweet, they’re satisfying, and they're one of those foods we usually pop when we're having issues with digestion. The fabulous prune, however, has benefits well beyond the bathroom and a new study proves it.

They're sweet, they’re satisfying, and they're one of those foods we usually pop when we're having issues with digestion. The fabulous prune, however, has benefits well beyond the bathroom and a new study proves it.

The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that prunes helped to improve bone health by reducing the incidence of fractures and osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. One hundred women participated in the study, half consuming prunes and half consuming dried apples. The prune-eating group had significantly higher bone mineral density in the ulna (one of two long bones in the forearm) and spine in comparison with the group that ate dried apples.


In addition to this, a study in 2007 at Florida State University found that prunes could actually play a role in reversing some of the bone damage that occurred in women who already had osteoporosis.

Beyond bone health, prunes can serve as a great source of antioxidants in the diet as well. A 2006 study found that prunes, when added to meat as a preservative (in place of unhealthier preservatives), helped in producing a healthier product by increasing total antioxidant value.

Finally, prunes provide a great source of fiber – the secret weapon to weight management by helping us to stay fuller, longer. They're easy to pack in the kids’ lunches and provide sweetness and moisture to baked goods. The prune, in fact, may be the perfect snack you've been looking for!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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