Why Isn’t Prune Juice Called Plum Juice?
Have you ever wondered why they don’t call prune juice, plum juice? Yes, you can juice plums, as they are technically the same fruit. Well, if you are curious now, read further as I will elaborate on their differences.
How Prunes Differ From Typical Plums
A prune refers to a dried plum, quite often of the Prunus domestica species. Now, the main difference is that most prune varieties are freestone cultivars, which have easy-to-remove pits. On the other hand, most freshly-eaten plums belong to clingstone ones, with pits that are difficult to remove. Also, there are various aspects as to which prunes and plums differ, but I’ll discuss only the taste and nutritional differences.
Difference in Taste
Prune juices, are often sour and slightly sweet. Depending on who you ask, you may get a variety of answers as to whether it tastes good or not. However, I think that most can get used to the taste eventually once they give it chance. There are also a variety of brands, so don’t just give up if you don’t like the first one you try. I also find that the fruit itself is delicious to eat. As for plums, the darker they are, the sweeter their taste. The flesh inside is delicious and juicy, but the outside can sometimes have quite the sour taste. I, however, enjoy the quick bite of the sourness of the skin that gets softened by the sweetness of the flesh.
Sacrifice Vitamin C to Boost Other Nutrients
Fresh plums are a rich source of the vitamins A, C, and K, as well as the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin. They contain minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium. As for prunes, it is quite unfortunate that the drying process breaks down the vitamin C content. However, they have much higher concentrations of the other nutrients found in plums, such as vitamins A and K, iron, and potassium. They are also a rich source of dietary fiber.
High in Antioxidants
Despite the lack of vitamin C, prunes still have a high antioxidant capacity, thanks to its vitamin A and phytochemical content. Thanks to their high concentration, the dried fruit has about six times more antioxidant capacity than its fresh counterpart. Antioxidants are said to be beneficial for one’s overall health.
Boosts Overall Digestive Health
Another thing that prune juice has going for it, is that it can relieve digestive problems, such as constipation. Thanks to its high fiber content it promotes a more frequent passing of stool. This is important as it allows the body to rid itself of toxins more often. Consequently, people who consume prune juice may also have a lower risk of colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome. It is possible that people could say goodbye to laxatives and opt for prune juice. Prune juice is a healthy breakfast addition! However, seek counsel from your doctor if you have any questions of what would be best for you.
Other Health Benefits
Prune juice is rich in vitamin K, which helps in the function of blood clotting. Another benefit is that it helps your body build strong bones, thanks to both calcium and vitamin K. Also, it is rich in potassium, which enables nerves and muscles to function properly, as well as limiting blood pressure spikes from a high sodium consumption. Lastly, with its iron content, it can help you avoid health conditions like anemia and general fatigue.
In the end, prunes are plums but are of a different type than people eat. I think that naming it plum juice is unsuitable since prunes are also different from plums in terms of taste and nutrition.