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Plum Nutrition Facts

Plums are very sweet tasting fruits that form part of the Prunus Domestica family. Peaches, nectarines and almonds are also part of this family. There are over 2000 known species of plums, which commonly come in various shades of blue, red, purple, amber and even yellow.

There are many ways that plums can be enjoyed. The most common way of eating plums is in their raw state. They can also be stewed, scalloped or poached and used to create jam and sauces, specifically chutney. Plums are also great when baked into cakes and biscuits for a warm, hearty dessert. Interestingly enough, when plums are dried they are called and sold as prunes.

Plums are a good source of iron and potassium. They are low in fat, sodium and cholesterol free. They are also good sources of vitamin A and E. A typical 66-gram plum contains about 36 calories, 0.5 grams of protein and about 9 grams of carbohydrates.

Plums are also strong antioxidants, which means that they are able to fight off free radicals. Although prunes are better known for their laxative effects, plums are just as effective and both forms of the fruit are great sources of dietary fibre.

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