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CPR Strawberries (AKA Prunes)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Stewed prunes made with lemon juice and peel were a mainstay of our winter diet when I was a kid. Fresh fruit was not readily available and much of our produce came by rail (CPR- Canadian Pacific Railway). Turns out my mom was onto a good thing; not only were they a sweet treat but they supplied a wide range of nutritive benefits.

Recently I read an article about prunes on Healthline and learned that:
1. prunes help with digestion by supplying fibre. 6 prunes = 4 grams of fibre
2. help overactive bladders by relieving constipation
3. provide a source of potassium which controls heart rhythm, blood pressure and muscle contraction
4.provide Vitamins A, B's and K and the minerals copper and magnesium
5. are a good source of plant based iron and stewing with citrus helps make the iron more available
6. provide boron which is fundamental in the growth of healthy bone
7. Slow atherosclerosis thus lowering cholesterol levels
8. decrease blood pressure
9. decrease appetite and have a low glycemic index
10. help with the severity of both emphysema and COPD.

All of that in a sweet treat made from a plum!
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