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It’s never too early – or too late – to begin thinking about bone health; especially as we approach World Osteoporosis Day on October 20th. The types of foods you eat can impact the strength of your bones, and multiple studies suggest prunes may help prevent bone loss.
“Although it tends to be a silent disease, osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 women and more than 1 in 8 men over the age of 50 years. To help boost bone health, I recommend fitting in resistance exercise at least twice per week, consuming an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, and aiming to eat prunes every day,” says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT. “Yes prunes! Research has shown eating just five to six prunes per day may help prevent bone loss. So, try enjoying them as a snack, pureed as a sugar replacement in your favorite baked goods, or even blended into your morning smoothie for a sweet way to boost bone health.”

For more prune inspiration, including delicious recipes and a behind-the-scenes peek at prunes from harvest to table, click here to view a short video by Mind Over Munch’s Alyssia Sheikh.
Did you know that only 50% of adults are consuming the recommended fiber each day? Digestive health problems are common not only in adults, but in people of all ages throughout their lifespan. Prunes and prune juice contain both soluble and insoluble fiber along with naturally occurring sorbitol – all of which contribute to digestive health. Additionally, research suggests that prunes are safe, palatable and more effective than psyllium for the treatment of mild to moderate constipation.
"Prune juice is a wonderful beverage to drink for digestive health," says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, a dietitian in the New York City area. "A one-cup serving is a good source of fiber, and fiber is so important for the microbiome. As well, prune juice boasts potassium, riboflavin, copper, niacin, and vitamin B6—all of which help to benefit your digestion. In addition to drinking prune juice, you can also add it to recipes such as a homemade prune jam."
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