A New Year may trigger some individuals to create New Year’s Resolutions. Others may continue on a lifelong journey of continuing to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle often include a high daily intake of fibre. A daily high fibre intake can lead to better digestion. As it is #skincaresunday, a better digestion can help to lead to healthy skin.
To help jumpstart your increase in daily fibre intake, why not consider 5 prunes (40 grams OR 1 serving) per day? The initial thought of prunes for many individuals does not bring pleasant images. Most individuals consider prunes only as a mean to help him/her become regular. Not only do I personally love the taste of prunes but prunes can offer so much more than aid for bowel movement regularity.
What is in one serving of prunes?
Calories: 100 kcals
Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrate: 26 grams
Fibre: 3 grams
Sugar: 15 grams
Sodium: 9 mg
Protein: 1 gram
What you may not realize about prunes is that by eating 5 prunes a day, you can boost Vitamin K and manganese intake. By boosting the intake of Vitamin K and Manganese, rate of bone loss can slow down in postmenopausal women.
Because 5 prunes contain 3 grams of fibre, this snack choice is considered a source o fibre. Prunes promote satiety which means you will be reaching for less snacky type foods in between meals.
Some individuals may argue that prunes are dried fruit; therefore, it contains alot of sugar. For those who have blood sugar issues, you may have heard of glycemic index and glycemic load.
Glycemic index measures how a certain food affects the blood sugar levels using white sugar (i.e. glucose) as the standard. Glycemic load, on the other hand, measures the effect of a serving of a specific food (e.g. 2 cups of fresh strawberries, 5 prunes) has on blood sugar levels.
I have great news to share as prunes are considered both a low Glycemic Index food and a low Glycemic Load food.