Craving for Sweets….. Go For it!!
You crave for sweets and your mind says “NO” – You wish to finish the box of chocolates or dig into fridge to mind mithai or go to the shop to buy some or maybe end up preparing something “sweet” for yourself. Your cravings end up either in guilt loaded or may be unsatisfied desire by indulging into sugar free sweets. Does it really mean that if you crave for sweets, it has to be chocolates or mithai? Unless you crave for a particular chocolate or for a particular mithai.
Lets get creative and maybe indulge in something sweet!!!
Have you tried Prunes? Next time you crave for so mething sweet – keep yourself equipped with Dried Prunes….Prunes are sun-ripened, juicy plums that have been dried to remove some of the water. The innumerable health benefits of prunes will keep you healthy, happy and guilt free.
Prunes contain plenty of dietary fibre, high anti oxidant content, extraordinarily rich in vitamin A, good source of potassium. With all these qualities, it is ideal for your heart, skin and digestive system. I also came across article on web and thought it was worth sharing: http://www.alive.com/articles/view/7/prunes – read the article in detail. Excerpts from it –
Prunes also contain a compound called dihydroxyphenyl isatin, which stimulates the intestine, causing it to contract. This process is essential for regularity and good gut health.In addition to insoluble fibre, prunes also contain an impressive amount of soluble fibre, the type that lowers cholesterol and with it the risk for heart disease. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition confirmed that diets high in fibre reduce the risk of mortality from all types of cardiovascular disease.But fibre isn’t the only heart-healthy substance in prunes. The little wrinkly fruit is also chock full of potassium, a mineral known to help lower blood pressure. In addition, phenolic compounds, which inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, abound in prunes.
Mooove over milk—prunes are what your bones really need. In a surprising new study conducted at Florida State University, researchers discovered that eating 10 to 12 prunes per day can actually reverse bone loss in postmenopausal women.According to lead researcher Dr. B. Arjmandi, prunes work by stimulating osteoblasts, enabling them to promote new bone formation. The researchers believe this may be due to prune’s high boron content. Boron helps regulate mineral metabolism and optimizes estrogen levels, which in turn increases calcium absorption. Additionally, boron helps convert vitamin D to its active form, which helps the osteoblasts utilize calcium for bone formation.Impressed? Consider this: the unheralded prune also contains other nutrients essential for bone health, such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamin K.
Phytonutrients in plants can have powerful, health-promoting effects on the human body. The good news—prunes are literally teeming with these compounds. They contain several disease-fighting carotenoids, including beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. In addition, prunes are brimming with anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, phenols, and neochlorogenic acid. While all these nutrients work in unique ways in the body, they all have a common weapon against disease: their antioxidant ability. Antioxidants are crucial to good health because they fight harmful free radicals that can cause cellular damage. Modern research continues to confirm their power. Studies have shown that the particular antioxidants in prunes can help prevent prostrate, cervical, gastric, lung, and breast cancer.That’s not surprising when you consider prunes have a higher ORAC value (a measure of antioxidant activity) than the highly touted blueberry. The ORAC value of a 100 g serving of prunes is 8,059; the value for the same amount of cultivated blueberries is 4,669.And remember boron, the prune’s bone-building mineral? Amazingly it’s also been found to be cancer preventive as well as a powerful cancer therapeutic. Several studies have shown it can help prevent prostate cancer and, in women who smoke, lung cancer.”
Next time you wish to grab a bar of chocolate or toffees or a box of sweets – Buy Prunes!!! Worth all the effort and an investment for your good health!