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California Dried Plums: Snacking for Bone Health

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This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% mine.

Healthy snacks have to taste good or I’m not going to eat them.  That’s why I was happy to find I loved California Dried Plums.  They taste good, are nutritious and have lots of health benefits especially important to someone at my stage in life (experienced!).

I’m talking about bones and the fact that dried plums help support bone health. Research suggests that eating two servings, (about 100grams or 10 to 12 dried plums), may improve bone mineral density (BMD) and slow the rate of bone turnover in post-menopausal women.

There’s additional research that shows eating half that amount, just slightly more than one serving, about 50 grams or 5 to 6 dried plums, may help maintain bone loss in post-menopausal women.

You may already know Vitamin K helps improve calcium balance and promotes bone mineralization. A 40gram serving of dried plums (4-5 prunes) is considered an excellent source of Vitamin K, which provides 30% of the 80mcg Daily Value.  Because the California dried plums contain vitamins and minerals such as potassium, copper, boron and vitamin K which may have bone protective effects incorporating them as a regular part of nutritious food choices may support healthy bones.

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Other than bone health, why should you snack on California Dried Plums? California Dried Plums are The Whole Package: a naturally sweet, convenient and nutrient-dense snack and a versatile culinary ingredient. Emerging research suggests dried plums support healthy bones, and may support heart health, digestive health, immunity and healthy aging.

If you count calories like me, you’ll be interested in learning that one standard serving (4–5 dried plums) is about 100 calories. Additionally, each serving provides 3 g of fiber (and is considered a good source of fiber), 293 mg of potassium, 16 mg of magnesium and more vitamin K than any other fresh or dried fruit.

That fiber results in dried plums potentially helping manage weight through improved satiety perhaps by producing lower glucose and/or appetite-regulating hormone concentrations.

Lastly, they are a satisfying, great-tasting snack.  My grandmother gave us prunes when I was growing up and let’s just today’s California Dried Plums are totally different (thank goodness!).  I like to eat the California Dried Plums right out of the package, but the California Dried Plums culinary site has lots of great recipes to include them in your menus ranging from main courses to desserts.

Have you tried California Dried Plums and if not, will you now?

“I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with California Dried Plums and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.”

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