As the winter nights draw in there’s something very appealing about the deep, rich purple of plums, making them perfect for My Snack of the Week.
- They’re low in calories and contain no saturated fats.
- They contain iron which is good for red blood cell formation. This is important to keep your energy levels up.
- They contain potassium which helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. This can reduce your risk of stroke.
- The reddish blue pigment (anthocyanins) can help reduce free radical damage in cells, protecting against cancer.
- Plums have a low glycaemic index which helps control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- They help relieve constipation (think prunes!) as they are a good source of fibre.
- They contain Vitamin A and beta-carotene (especially the yellow varieties) which are good for eyesight and skin.
Enjoy one or two plums along with your morning coffee or afternoon tea to give your body a nutritional boost.
A word of warning: In my research I found a note suggesting people with a history of kidney stones should avoid eating plums – so check with your doctor.