Health Professional Edition • Volume 5 • March 2011

One of the most common questions we receive from health professionals and consumers alike is "How many prunes per day would you recommend?" We recommend you start with four prunes per day. You can gradually increase the number of prunes to eight or nine per day as needed, to help keep a healthy digestive tract and for a healthy snack. Sunsweet Ones™, individually wrapped prunes, make healthy snacking on the go even more convenient.

Get the day off to a healthy start with this tasty, fiber-filled smoothie. This low-fat beverage is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, providing 140 percent of your recommended daily value.

Prep time: 5 minutes
1 cup Sunsweet PlumSmart juice
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup ice cubes

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding more ice cubes if you prefer a thicker smoothie.

Makes 1 large serving
Nutritional analysis per serving:
Calories: 380, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 125mg, Carbohydrates: 88g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 69g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 10%, Vitamin C: 140%, Calcium: 20%, Iron: 6%

 

 

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.

ORAC Scores

Source: 2010 Food and Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety, Nutrition and Health

Missed a webinar? Click here to view the presentations.

 

Sunsweet Antioxidant Blend
& Post® Shredded Wheat

Perfect Together....Naturally!

At Sunsweet, we are proud to offer nutritious and delicious breakfast options, like our flavorful Antioxidant Blend. This sweet mix includes the perfect balance of mouthwatering blueberries, tangy cherries, lively cranberries and delicately sweet diced plums. This dried fruit combo is the perfect complement to natural, whole grain cereal, which is why we¹ve partnered with Post to bring you a sample of Antioxidant Blend in each box of Post Shredded Wheat. So recommend that your clients add a handful of our delicious blend to their favorite bowl of cereal to start the day with something healthy and tasty. This amazing combo will liven up cereal like never before!