They were always called prunes, but a market research study found that when they were renamed dried plums, sales increased. Indications were that women were more likely to purchase a product named dried plums than named prunes. The title, California Dried Plums, came from the fact that most of the produce is grown in California. An interesting study came out about a year ago. There is relation between bone health and eating dried plums, even indication of bone-loss reversal. The study was done with subjects eating 100 grams a day. That’s about 12 dried prunes a day. Not bad if you consider four at breakfast, four at lunch or as a snack, and four at dinner.
Research has discovered that dried plums prevented bone loss in an animal model of postmenopausal osteoporosis and helped restore bone mass after the loss had already occurred in the animals. A small clinical trial with postmenopausal women not on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) discovered that women who ate about 12 dried plums daily experienced an increase in biomarkers that measure the rate of bone formation. Another 12-month study with postmenopausal women assessed both bone biomarkers and bone mineral density. Compared to the control food/fruit, 10-12 dried plums significantly increased bone mineral density in the spine and forearm. In addition, research has also discovered that dried plums prevent age-related bone loss in a mouse model.