What’s the best superfood? Did you answer acai, berries, noni juice or perhaps some other food? What if I told you the best superfood is one you’re already familiar with and it’s inexpensive too? Plum health benefits make it an awesome superfood choice!
What Are the Popular Superfoods?
Lately I’ve been hearing so much about drinks made with “superfoods” like acai, goji berries and noni juice. However, some of the best superfoods are much more familiar to us and are not OVERPRICED fruit juices.
I’m talking about plums. Yes, plums.
Why Are Plums a Superfood?
Food scientist Dr. Luis Cisneros and plant breeder David Byrne judged more than 100 varieties of plums, peaches, and nectarines, and found that their antioxidant and phytonutrient content matched or exceeded blueberries.
According to Byrne, one inexpensive plum contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a handful of blueberries.
“People tend to eat just a few blueberries at a time. They’ll eat a few on their cereal or as an ingredient mixed with lots of sugar,” Cisneros said. “But people will eat a whole plum at once and get the full benefit.”
Plum Health Benefits
The researchers didn’t stop after measuring the antioxidant content of plums. Plums consistently score near the top of the list of high-antioxidant foods. They also tested the effect of the phytonutrients in the fruit on breast cancer cells. They found that plums inhibited test tube breast cancer growth without adversely affecting normal cell growth. As you can see, there are MANY plum health benefits
“We suggest that consumers take seriously the recommendation to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables or even more every day,” Byrne said, “and to make sure that plums are part of that.”
Do you eat plums? If not, maybe this information to entice you to eat more of them or at least start mixing plums into your diet!
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