Pros: Healthy, inexpensive, delicious-available in many varieties
A plum is sweet, juicy, soft-rind ready to melt in your mouth but when they are sun-dried and become a 'prune' you wonder, "oh no its going to be hard and unbearable . . . right?" Wrong ! Well not with these Gold label sweeties !
A regular prune is rather boring but not totally without taste, fiber or nutrition; however, the Sunsweet Gold label Pitted 'Orange-Essence' Prunes are my favorite. I enjoy them because they taste fabulous ! Moist, plump, juicy nothing near what a sun-dried product would lead you to believe.
In a 7oz package there is 198grams of GOOD FOR YA's ! Meaning, one serving which is about 5 prunes has 100 calories of which 0 are fat. There is no cholesterol in these little suckers but there is 5mg of sodium and 290mg of Potassium, which for some is very good while others need to be careful. There is 24grams of carbohydrates, thats the stuff that gives us energy, and 3grams of fiber, 12grams of sugar (of course) and 1gram of protein.
What is very good about the information listed on the back is that Sunsweet company cares about people with diabetes because they have a special box way down on the lower right of the package for regular fruit to dried fruit equivalents for a diabetic planning a meal and this helps. A chart to decide should I or should I not, rather can I based on my condition, ingest these ? Sunsweet also provides a phone number #1-800-417-2253 9am-6pm ET.M-Friday and a website is here:
The price on the gems of the trees they dry on average between $1.99 per bag to about $3.75 depending upon where you go to purchase them. I like the idea that per 1oz there are 2,428units of antioxidants available so when a cold starts to form, I reach for a few of these and eat them while i am 'under the weather'. They really boost your immune system, assist your digestive system in the proper elimination of food after assimilating it and if your looking for a snack that 'goes anywhere', this is the one.
It needs no refrigeration, warm or cold these gems taste great and fair well on long rides. What is really exciting is that if you are curious about the benefits of such a food, you can go to their website located right on the back of this little yellow package.
http://www.NutritionDestinyIndex.com to learn more about the nutritional value of a single prune. These are not individually wrapped but do have a sealing tab across the top to lock in freshness, flavor and moistness ! Even if your kids would never eat a wrinkled little thing because it looks so weird, just the citrus smell of fresh oranges will likely have you seeing your kids popping them in their mouth . . . like candy !