What's Up With Prunes?

June 12, 2017

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What's Up With Prunes?
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Find Out Why You Should Be Eating Prunes Everyday

Most people probably think that prunes aren’t something that everyone needs to eat. Usually they are thought of as a snack for your grandma or grandpa, and not for you. Well, think again.

Recently, researchers at Tufts University ranked prunes as the #1 antioxidant rich food. Antioxidants protect against damaging free radicals in the body, which have been proven to cause clogged arteries, cancer, and other long-lasting conditions (Harvard). Prunes are also a good source of fiber, meaning that they can prevent constipation and aid in digestion. Lastly, prunes have been known to be able to prevent and even reverse osteoporosis (healwithfood.org).

Prunes are a great snack for athletes especially after a workout, as they will give the body a quick-carb that can replenish glycogen stores. The antioxidants also play a role in muscle tissue repair after a workout because of the free radical protection. Prunes are easy to store and take on the go after a workout as well!

It doesn’t have to just be prunes, try these other high-fiber and high-antioxidant foods:

  1. Figs or Fig Newton’s
  2. Plums
  3. Raisins
  4. Blueberries

Next time you finish your workout, reach for a prune to replenish your muscle’s glycogen!

 

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