Pluots, apriums, apripluots, or pluotcots, are a few of the hybrids between different Prunus species that are also called interspecific (or IS) plums. One example is the hybrid between the plum parent (P. salicina or P. cerasifera) and the apricot (P. armeniaca). Pluots demonstrate more plum than apricot characteristics; the fruit has smooth skin closely resembling that of a plum. Apriums are complex apricot-plum hybrids that show more apricot traits and flavor.
Here are 7 health benefits of the pluot:
1. Pluots can help individuals with type 2 diabetes.
The glycemic index (GI) ranks food and drinks based on their blood sugar increase potential. Foods high on the glycemic index (such as white rice and white bread) will break down easily and cause blood sugar and insulin level spikes after meals, which is followed by rapidly dropping blood sugar levels. The sugar from pluots is slowly absorbed into the bloodstream, which prevents sugar crashes, sugar cravings, and mood swings.
2. Pluots can help fight constipation.
Pluots are an excellent source of fiber. One pluot contains 3 grams of dietary fiber. The daily recommended dietary fiber intake for men and women are 38 grams and 25 grams, respectively. Fiber can help prevent constipation with water, making one’s bowel movement more regular. Dietary fiber also stimulates the gastric and digestive juices that help absorb the nutrients.
3. Pluot can help you fight off infections.
One pluot contains 10 percent of the vitamin C daily requirements. Vitamin C is a potent natural water-soluble antioxidant that helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and eliminates cancer-causing free radicals in the body.
4. Pluots can help you have healthy looking hair and skin.
Adequate vitamin C intake does not only improve the immune system, can also create and maintain collagen, an essential protein found in hair and skin. Vitamin A has been known to keep the hair moisturized through increased sebum production.
5. Pluots are great for improving your blood pressure.
Pluots are high in potassium and low in sodium, which lowers blood pressure. Also, the fiber content in pluots is helpful in lowering cholesterol and improves performance of insulin in the body, which aids in the lowering of blood pressure. One pluot contains 225 milligrams of potassium compared to only 1 milligrams of sodium.
6. Pluots can help improve the heart’s health.
Fiber, vitamin C, and B6, and potassium have been known to improve the heart’s health. The recommended 4700 milligrams (mg) of potassium are not obtained by many individuals in the United States, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, despite the benefits of increased potassium intake. One study suggested that individuals who consumed 4069 mg of potassium per day had a 49 percent lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared with those who consumed less potassium (approximately 1000 mg per day).
7. Pluots are a rich source of antioxidants.
Pluots are excellent sources of vitamins A and C. Vitamin A can break down into beta-carotene to boost vision, prevent macular degeneration, protect the skin from premature aging, and reduce the risk of specific cancers. Antioxidants can eliminate free radicals in the body, which can turn normal cells into cancer cells.
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