You may have guessed I’m talking about…prunes, something forced on
me as a child, which I refused to touch for over 30 years, because
of the negative waves associated with them.
The back story is this: Sometime during my grade school years, we
switched from “bring your own lunch,” to having a spanking new
cafeteria, where fat ladies in white uniforms and hair nets cooked
us “hot food.” No one I knew was suffering with the brown bag, or
lunchbox. I guess this was one of those things done in the name of
progress and bragging rights.
The problem was that these “fat broads” couldn’t cook a lick. Their
hamburgers had more in common with Michelin tires than stars. Many
of us continued to bring stuff from home, as the food produced and
served became UFO’s and often landed on shirts and sweaters, ala
Animal House. One of the most despised items on the menu was called
“prune whip,” a sort of stiff concoction of prunes and some other
substance that could be piped out of a tube.
In a word, it was revolting and as I mentioned before, it was three
decades before a prune crossed these lips again. When that happened,
I was old enough to realize that prunes were just like raisins, only
That isn’t exactly glamorous, but you can’t find a healthier food.
You also know prunes have a marketing problem, when you see signs
that say “dried plums.”
If you visit your local drugstore, you will notice that entire
aisles are reserved for relieving constipation, which affects
millions of people and can be a serious health problem, if you don’t
get it resolved.
You really don’t need any of the OTC stuff to get yourself regular.
Eating a few prunes, every day, or drinking a small amount of prune
juice daily, will do the trick better than any pharmaceutical.
Prunes contain not just one, but three ingredients, that work
together to keep your digestive system on track. For starters,
prunes are high in insoluble fiber, which is perhaps the key to
preventing constipation. Insoluble fiber isn’t absorbed by the body.
It stays in the digestive tract, where it absorbs large amounts of
water, increasing bulk, which helps everything go smoothly.
Prunes also contain soluble fiber, the type that lowers cholesterol
and the risk of heart disease.
Lastly, prunes contain a compound called dihydroxyphenlisatin (try
wrapping your tongue around that a few times) which stimulates the
intestine, causing it to contract. This process is essential for
If you’re eating prunes for regularity, about 5 a day is all you
need. If you would rather drink prune juice, six ounces is all you
need. This is a whole lot cheaper than taking OTC, or even
prescription drugs, for a simple problem with a natural solution.
Meanwhile, remember to take my Powerhouse Omega Formula, a
pharmaceutical grade fish oil with an enteric coating, which
eliminates “fish burps.” Two softgels in the morning, two in the
evening, and you’ll be on your way to better health:
I’ll be back tomorrow with more.
With my best wishes for your optimum health,
P.S. When I was a senior in high school, their was a cafeteria
revolt at my grade school. It seems that a number of 8th grade boys
filled the cafeteria supervisor’s car with “prune whip.” From what
I hear, it never made another appearance on the school menu.