The fruit is packed with healthy properties that re-establish the gut's good bacteria that can naturally fight off colon cancer.
They contain phenolic compounds that can work as antioxidants that neutralise the damaging effects on our DNA of free radicals, says Dr Nancy Turner at the Texas A&M University.
A healthy gut environment protects against colon cancer, as has been demonstrated in several studies involving laboratory rats, says Dr Turner. In the studies, the rats were given dried plums or a different diet that excluded the fruit. The rats that ate the plums had more 'good' bacteria, the Bacteroidetes, and less 'bad' Firmicutes bacteria.
(Source: Experimental Biology conference, Boston, September 25, 2015)