Prunes have always gotten props for their ability to keep people regular--after all, that's the main reason your grandparents kept a box of them in the pantry. Now scientists have uncovered yet another health benefit to these dried-out plums. They can lower your risk of colon cancer.
Americans have a one in 20 chance of getting colon cancer in their lifetime, and it's the third leading cause of cancer-deaths in the country. So anything that can lower your risk is a good thing.
And that's what this latest study showed (which, truth be told, was funded by the California Dried Plum Board): Eating prunes can help keep more of the good bacteria in your digestive system. The more gut-friendly bacteria you have, the less room there is for disease-causing bacteria that can trigger inflammation and cause cells to mutate and form tumors.
This study was done on rats, but the researchers are confident that the findings would translate to humans. In fact, there is already lots of evidence that prunes can lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and help people lose weight.
So add some to your breakfast cereal or snack on a few during the mid-afternoon. You'll be doing your body a favor (even if eating 'em makes you feel like your grandma).
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