Prunes: First aid for constipation

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When the days are getting shorter again, the plum has season. With its sweetish taste it still reminds us of the summer, but at the same time gives us a healthy start into the autumn. Because plums not only have important vitamins and minerals, but also help with constipation and other health problems. However, ripe plums have a very high fructose content, which is why it should be better avoided to consume the blue fruits with a fructose intolerance. The high proportion of fructose also means that plums have more calories than many other types of fruit.

The plum and its ingredients

Like many other fruits, plums are mostly water. In addition, the blue fruits are composed as follows:

  • 10.2 percent carbohydrates
  • 0.6 percent proteins
  • 0.2 percent fats
  • 1.6 percent fiber

In addition, this fruit variety with iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc also contains important minerals.

Vitamin-rich complete package

Plums also have plenty of vitamins to offer: In addition to provitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, they contain various vitamins from the B group. These are especially important for the nervous system. Regarding the individual vitamins, plums may not have peak values, but they offer a healthy overall package.

Plums: fruits with high sugar content

Compared to other fruits, plums have a particularly high proportion of fructose and can thus deliver energy quickly. By the way, plums contain the most sugar of all plums.

Due to the high sugar content is also the Calorie content of plums slightly higher than other fruits: 100 grams of plum contain about 47 calories (kcal). However, significantly more calories contain prunes, here bring it 100 grams to about 225 calories.

Due to the high sugar content, fructose malabsorption or fructose intolerance should be avoided when consuming plums. Otherwise it can lead to abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea.

Plums get the digestion going

Plums are often used as an aid when there are problems with digestion. Dried plums soaked in the evening before, which can be eaten for breakfast blockages help, because plums have a laxative as well as diuretic effect.

This is due to the fact that plums contain, among other ingredients, the plant fibers cellulose and pectin. These indigestible dietary fibers swell in the intestine and rstop the digestion.

5 facts about plums - © istockphoto, Christian-Fischer

Positive effect on health

But plums have even more positive effects on your health:

  • On the way through the intestine, the indigestible dietary fibers from the plums take with them various waste and toxins and thus contribute to cancer prevention.
  • Because of their high fiber content, plums also help lower cholesterol levels.
  • In addition, they are also said to have a positive effect on those affected by gout and liver disease.

Tips on storage and purchase of plums

When buying plums you should definitely pay attention solid fruits to get. Soft, overripe plums should be avoided, as they are often attacked by worms. After shopping, the plums should be eaten relatively quickly. Until consumption outsourced It is best to leave it in a cool and shady place.

Plums should be best first washed right before dinner so that the waxy protective layer, which prevents the fruits from drying out, remains as long as possible. If one cuts the plum along its seam, one can divide it cleanly in two halves. Depending on the degree of ripeness of the fruit, the kernel can then be more or less easily detached from the pulp.

Ideas for recipes with plums

Plums can be eaten both fresh from the tree and dried, with dried plums, however, increases the fructose and thus the calorie content.

Especially in late summer, plums are great for a delicious Plum cake. If you want to enjoy the plums for a little longer, you can boil down and then to plum jam or plum compote process. In Asian cuisine, plums are also used to make sauces and wine.

Worth knowing about the plum

Prunes (Prunus domestica) belong to the rose family. There are probably more than 2,000 different species worldwide, some of the known subspecies of the plum are Mirabelle and the Plum. Unlike prunes, plums have a more elongated shape and pointed ends.

There are no reliable findings about the origin of the plum. It was probably brought by Alexander the Great from one of his military campaigns into his kingdom.

In Germany, the plum is grown today in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, about 70 percent of the total crop comes from the two federal states. Depending on the species, the shape, color and size of this fruit variety differ relatively strongly. Thus, both yellow and greenish as well as red, blue and purple plums can be purchased.

The flowering period of the plum lasts from April to May. Season has the plum in Germany then from July to October.

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