Plums, properties and benefits

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I don't know about you, but for me it is already difficult from the start. That is: but plums, exactly, what are they? And what difference do they have with plums?

I inquired and I update you with a botanical "scoop": plums and plums are the same fruit! The difference is when the fruit is fresh is called plum, when it's dry is called plum. There is no botanical difference, but it is just a different name depending on the state of conservation. Both terms indicate the fruit that grows on the plum tree (Prunus domestica), also called “plum””And originally from Asia.

Beyond the scientific classifications, however, the term is used in common jargon “Plum” for its round and soft quality, is "plum" For that purplish-blue with an elongated shape, from which the plum color.

The situation is therefore very confusing, as you can see. We will consider plums as a fresh fruit, in a small and tapered quality. What are their properties?


Plums, property

Having established - more or less - what they are, let's see a rundown of the main ones properties of plums on different sides: organoleptic (color consistency) and nutritional.

Le organoleptic properties of the plums:

> peel blu-violacea containing pruine (a protective wax against microorganisms) e antioxidant polyphenols;

> pulp clear, yellowish, translucent and enveloping the woody core containing the almond;

> flavor sour and intense, which is why the fruit is more suitable for preservation in jars.

A note on the almond contained in the stone of plums: almond owes its bitter taste to'amygdalin, toxic substance typically contained in bitter almonds. Therefore, frequent and / or significant use of plum almonds is not recommended.

Le nutritional properties highlights of plums:

> rich in Vitamin A (antioxidant)

> rich in soluble and insoluble fibers

> rich in diphenylsatin, which stimulates intestinal motility

> rich in water;

> good content of potassium;

moderate calorie intake: they contain about 35 calories per 100 g.


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Plums, benefits

Pregnant women are well aware of this, or perhaps women in general, who in my experience suffer from constipation much more frequently than men: plums are excellent for intestinal regularity. Let's see in detail these and other benefits of plums for our body:

> action laxative, thanks to the high fiber content but above all in diphenylsatin;

> action remineralizing and energizing, thanks to the mineral salts;

> action rehydration, thanks to the good water content;

> help in control of cholesterol and blood sugar, thanks to soluble fibers.


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