Dried fruits are often ruled out of diets because people worry that they are high in sugar. Yet studies have shown that eating prunes may help with satiety and weight loss.
Consuming dried fruits in general may help with weight management: one study found that a daily ounce of dried fruits helped reduce abdominal obesity.
Prunes not only do not contribute to obesity but also may help curb appetites. In one 2011 bone density study, none of the women who ate 100 grams of prunes a day gained weight. In addition, a University of Liverpool study of 100 overweight and obese participants found that those who ate prunes as part of a lifestyle intervention actually lost weight. Another study on snack influences found that prunes offered more satiety as a snack than low-fat cookies, even though the carbohydrate, fat, and protein of each snack portion was the same.
Some of the satiety findings can be explained by looking at the chemical composition of prunes. As a low-glycemic food, prunes don’t create a blood-sugar spike after eating them. Another reason is that the phenolic compounds within prunes may inhibit the formation of glucose in the liver.
Another reason is the role that fiber may play in moderating the blood-sugar balance. All of these elements seem to work together to regulate glucose metabolism.
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