Health Professional Edition • Volume 5 • March 2011
Prunes: Benefits Beyond the Label
Two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) report making changes to improve healthfulness of their diet. We love this statistic and whole heartily support the notion! Taking a total diet approach and focusing on nutrient-dense foods and beverages will help your clients lead healthier lives.
Last month, in the Sunsweet Healthy Living Webinar Series, Registered Dietitian Katherine Brooking discussed the total diet approach, and specifically the benefits of antioxidants and other nutrients in prunes. Did you know that four prunes contain three grams of whole fruit fiber, contain no sodium or fat and are only 100 calories?! It’s true! And the nutritional benefits extend beyond the label...
Antioxidants are defined as compounds that neutralize damaging effects of oxidation, protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and inhibit lipid oxidation. Antioxidants occur naturally in the body and are also found in a many foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidants are commonly measured by Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, otherwise known as an ORAC Score. Good news is you don’t have to recommend fancy or exotic foods to your clients; many common fruits and vegetables are naturally high in antioxidants.
Source: 2010 Food and Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety, Nutrition and Health