Research | Abstracts
Increasingly, health professionals are urged to focus on whole foods, rather than individual nutrients in order to design more effective strategies for the prevention of chronic diseases. During the last decade, there was a considerable progress in discovering and understanding of health effects related to the consumption of dried plums. Many health effects are interrelated and the dried plum components may act in synergy.
Dried plums contain unique constituents in characteristic amounts and proportion, which are not found in common foods, even in other dried fruits. The combination of dietary fiber, sorbitol and chlorogenic acids may be responsible for beneficial gastrointestinal effects.
There have been several investigations of the effects of dried plums on bone turnover, with numerous mechanistic studies on animals and cell cultures. However, it is still unknown which individual compounds, alone or in combination, produce the observed effects.
Replacing other snacks with dried plums indicate many beneficial health effects beside increasing satiety and reducing desire for sweetened food, very important factors in controlling overeating, obesity, diabetes and related cardiovascular diseases.
The following Research/Abstracts summarize key findings in these and other areas. See the Resource section for additional information on various health conditions.