Plums, strangely enough, come from plum trees, and are a fleshy fruit with a single seed surrounded by woody endocarp. That’s probably something you already knew, and if not, you’re probably not planning to learn it before you go to bed! However, the chances are you didn’t know about their powerful laxative action, which is due not just to their high fibre content, but also due to the fact that they contain a type of sugar called sorbitol as well as other substances that stimulate activity in the muscles of the colon.

Consumption of fresh plums in summer and in dried or marmalade form during the rest of the year helps to overcome lazy bowel syndrome, and re-educates the intestine. Their soluble fibre not only improves transit through the intestine, it also retains water and expands in the stomach, forming a gel that slows down stomach emptying and the absorption of carbohydrates, making them a useful fruit for dieting as one feels sated on eating them.

But the benefits don’t stop there. The soluble fibre forms a viscous gel that controls fats and cholesterol and reduces their absorption – ideal for those with high cholesterol!

In addition, plums are rich in anthocyanins, substances that give the fruit its characteristic red/purple colour and act as an antiseptic, making them useful for fighting infections. They also have an anti-ageing effect. What more could you ask!!

Source: facilí