Plums: benefits and properties. Ideal for constipation
Plums have benefits and ideal properties to improve constipation and intestinal transit. Also, know all its most important qualities.
Like the persimmon, plums are fruits that are exquisite, very sweet and tremendously juicy, so that they become a healthy and healthy food ideal for summer.
They stand out because they have a series of benefits and very good properties for the organism, helping to prevent even some diseases and disorders of the digestive system.
And as you know for sure, one of the main characteristics of the plums is their virtue of improving intestinal transit, helping those who suffer from constipation, while regulating digestion.
What are plums?
The plum is the fruit of the plum, constituting a wonderful and nutritious fleshy fruit (or drupe) that has a seed inside, which is surrounded by a rather woody endocarp.
Did you know that there are many varieties of plums? They differ not only in their color but also in their size. Thus, for example, while some have a reddish or yellow pulp or flesh, others may be white or green.
The most common variety and therefore consumed is known as Prunus domestica. And, among these varieties, we can name some known as plum Claudia, Mirabel, Damascena, golden, satsuma or cojón de fraile.
Although there are also other very popular in other countries, such as for example the Japanese plum tree (scientifically known as Prunus salicina).
Nutritional benefits of plums
Plums are very rich in vitamins, including vitamin E, allied against aging and with a great antioxidant power; Vitamin A and vitamin C.
It also has a diverse amount of minerals, among which stand out potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium, so we can say that, as it is known, plums help to improve depressive states, in addition to anemia.
They provide a lot of energy and fiber and are highly recommended in weight loss diets, not only for their vitamins, minerals, and fiber but for their clearly depurative properties.
Some experts recommend eating plums on an empty stomach so that you can benefit from absolutely all its properties, virtues and benefits.
Nutritional information for plums
100 grams of plums provide:
Energy: 46 kcal.
Carbohydrates: 11.42 gr.
Of which sugars: 9.92 gr.
Proteins: 0.7 gr.
Fat: 0.28 gr.
Water: 87.23 gr.
Fiber: 1.4 gr.
Vitamins: vitamin A (17 mcg), vitamin B1 (0.02 mg), B2 (0.02 mg), B3 (0.41 mg), B5 (0.13 mg), B6 (0.02 mg), vitamin C (9.5 mg), vitamin E ( 0.26 mg), vitamin K1 (6.4 mcg).
Minerals: calcium (6 mg), iron (0.17 mg), magnesium (7 mg), phosphorus (16 mg), potassium (157 mg), zinc (0.1 mg), copper (0.05 mg), manganese (0.05 mg).
Properties of the most important plums
Ideal for constipation
100 grams of plum provide about 1.4 grams of fiber. Or, what is the same, a plum provides around 0.9 grams of fiber, which becomes 0.3% of the recommended daily amount.
The plum becomes, therefore, an ideal fruit in case of constipation, thanks not only to its fiber content but because of the presence of sorbitol in its composition, which is the main “culprit” of contributing to this fruit its particular laxative quality.
Helps to “clean” the stomach by acting as a natural laxative
Thanks precisely to its content in sorbitol, some doctors advise its consumption in order to cleanse the stomach. Sorbitol is a sugar polyalcohol that we also find in other fruits such as pear, apple, peach, peaches or cherries.
For this reason, the excessive consumption of plums is not advised, precisely so as not to suffer the ravages of these laxative virtues.
Useful against high cholesterol
In case of having high cholesterol in the blood, its contribution insoluble fiber helps in a very positive way when it comes to lowering high cholesterol, thanks to the fact that it is able to form a kind of viscous gel that is fixed in lipids.
High antioxidant capacity
Plums are ideal when it comes to reducing the action of free radicals, thanks to their high content of natural antioxidants, as for example is the case of anthocyanins, which is the main element that gives it its characteristic color.