Friday, August 19, 2011

You want prune-y bones

A prune-y face? No.

But a Florida State research team has found that eating dried plums (aren’t those prunes?) helps prevent osteoporosis or bone thinning.

They tried a bunch of things—figs, dates, raisins, strawberries…none came close to the good effects on bone density of those dried plums.

He and his team tested two groups of postmeno women over 12 months. One group ate 10 prunes a day, the other 100 grams of dried apples. The prunes won—significantly higher mineral density in the arm and spine bones was measured.

They suggest you eat the prunes—what could it hurt? Remember, though—prunes can speed things through the digestive system—and I mean speed! So adjust according to your personal innards.

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