Saturday, November 21, 2009
*Updated to five winners, not one!*
We’ve all heard about Super Fruits and it seems as though there are new functional fruit trends popping up every day: but what really makes a fruit SUPER? And, what Super Fruits are kid-friendly and don’t cost a fortune? What surprises most people is that some of the most nutritionally dense foods are ones they might already have in their cupboard or fruit bowl, such as prunes. Prunes, or dried plums as they are also known, are truly a SUPER fruit.
The best part? Kids love them! Sunsweet Ones are individually wrapped prunes that are easy to throw in your purse or a lunch box, and kids like the individually wrapped packaging – it’s a sweet treat that’s packed with nutrition. Below is more information on why prunes are so super and you can find information at http://www.pop-a-prune.com.
Sunsweet also partnered with Cheryl Forberg, registered dietitian and nutritionist for "The Biggest Loser" to create an online video on Super Fruit, which can be found on YouTube here.
What makes a Prune SUPER:
* Antioxidant rich. Prunes have a high antioxidant (ORAC) score. Antioxidants help to slow the oxidative damage to our bodies, and many researchers believe that antioxidants slow the aging process.
* Potassium punch. Move over bananas! Ounce for ounce, prunes have more potassium than bananas. Studies have shown potassium helps prevent hypertension and stroke.
* Bone health. A handful of nutrient-rich prunes a day may help bone metabolism and the reversal of bone loss for people with osteoporosis. They may also lead to improved bone formation.
* Low Glycemic Index (GI). Prunes are a low GI food, and therefore help to contribute to a low Glycemic Load diet and can aid in preventing and managing conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity.
* Heart health. Prunes can help play a role in preventing heart disease and chronic diseases because they’re rich in antioxidants, which slow the chemical process of oxidation and protect key cell components from damage.
* Prebiotic power. Prunes naturally contain prebiotics, which stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine. This helps dietary fiber perform well and promotes immune system and digestive health.
* Weight loss. Prunes are a good source of fiber, and this can help keep hunger pangs at bay. As a food component, fiber isn’t absorbed, so it doesn’t contribute calories that’s why high-fiber foods are included in weight loss diets. Plus, four prunes have just 100 calories!
I kept seeing the commercial for Sunsweet Ones and I thought, I wonder if the kids would like those? I hadn't bought them because I thought they would complain. But, when the package arrived for this review, my kids and I both were trying them, and we all love them! They're individually wrapped, so they're easy to take on the go, and they're juicy and sweet! I really enjoy them and so do my kids! Plus they're beyond good for you!
FIVE lucky winners will get the items in the photo above, which includes a coupon for some Sunsweet Ones!
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Giveaway is open to US residents and will end at midnight on December 5th.
Disclaimer: This post was written as part of a program for Family Review Network and Sunsweet Ones, who provided the product for review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary product.