Plums and dried plums, or prunes, are highly nutritious and provide many health benefits. Plums contain only 30 calories per serving and are a good source of potassium, copper, fiber, vitamin K and vitamin C.
Plums and prunes contain a high amount of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb more iron and produce healthy tissue. The high fiber content in plums and prunes aids in digestion and helps maintain blood sugar levels in the body. The natural laxative in plums and prunes is helpful in weight loss, protects the intestines and helps keep the colon healthy.
There are more than 2,000 different types of plums available in the world, including more than 100 in the United States.