Health

PRUNES AND FIGS FOR NATURAL HEALTH


Prunes are dried plums of the D’agen variety which originated in France. They are now grown in many parts of the world with California being the largest producer. Figs are also a tree fruit which is well suited to drying and are grown widely in the area around the Mediterranean sea, Greece and Turkey being major producers.

Verity Prunes are a great natural health food and should be a part of any healthy diet. They are amongst the highest rating foods for antioxidants, high in fibre, low glycaemic index, low in fat, cholesterol free, gluten free, a good source of nutrients and a tasty treat also. Like most high fibre foods prunes are best eaten in moderation ---- a little trial and error is suggested to find the right amount suited to your diet and metabolism. Because they taste great, first time consumers of prunes often eat more than a suggested serve and this has contributed to the negative stereotype of them having a laxative effect. It is not the prunes themselves so much as the over consumption that is the cause. Eaten appropriately they are a natural aid in the smooth movement of food through the digestive tract and this is fundamental to good health.

In recent times antioxidants have become recognized as very important in aiding the body to scavange and remove free radicals which are linked to the development of cancer. Figs share many of the attributes of prunes and are a great source of natural calcium.

Prunes make a good addition to breakfast cereals, go well on sandwiches - try prune and pecan nuts, prune and banana or prune and cheese - and also a tasty combination with many meats, including chicken, beef, lamb and pork.

Wherever possible Verity products are produced without the use of preservatives.

 See the Recipes page for other delicious ways to use them