Plums belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond. They are all considered "drupes," fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds. When plums are dried, they are known as prunes.
Health Benefits of Plums
- Plums are high in antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent oxygen-based damage to healthful fats such as the fat found in our brain.
- There are flavonoids found in plums that have many health benefits including protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation.
- Plums are a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and dietary fiber,
- Research has found that plums can help promote healthy vision.
- One plum contains 36 calories!
- Plums should be free of punctures, bruises, or any signs of decay. Avoid plums that are excessively hard because they have probably been picked too green and will never develop their full taste.
Proteins - 1.15 grams
Calories - 76
Nutrition In Plum
- Potassium - 259 mg
- Phosphorus - 26 mg
- Magnesium - 12 mg
- Calcium - 10 mg
- Iron - 0.28 mg
- Manganese - 0.086 mg
- Copper - 0.094 mg
- Zinc - 0.17 mg
- Also contains small amounts of other minerals.
- Vitamin A - 569 IU
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.046 mg
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.043 mg
- Niacin - 0.688 mg
- Folate - 8 mcg
- Pantothenic Acid - 0.223 mg
- Vitamin B6 - 0.048 mg
- Vitamin C - 15.7 mg
- Vitamin E - 0.43 mg
- Vitamin K - 10.6 mcg
- Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.