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DESCRIPTION: The average number of bowel movements a week is compared between those eating prunes, those taking a fiber supplement, and those eating a strictly plant-based diet. Who can forget the Bristol stool scale? Even if you’ve already seen it you may want a refresher: Bristol Stool Scale (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/bristol-stool-scale/). And while we’re on the topic, here are some others on optimizing bowel function:
· Kiwifruit for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/kiwifruit-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome/)
· Bulking Up on Antioxidants (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/bulking-up-on-antioxidants/)
· Relieving Yourself of Excess Estrogen (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/relieving-yourself-of-excess-estrogen/)
· Stool Size Matters (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/stool-size-matters/)
· Food Mass Transit (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/food-mass-transit/)
· Bowels of the Earth (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/bowels-of-the-earth/)
· Greasy Orange Rectal Leakage (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/greasy-orange-rectal-leakage/)
· Diverticulosis & Nuts (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/diverticulosis-nuts/)
Prunes may also help improve the health of our skin—see Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/beauty-is-more-than-skin-deep/).
In general we should try to get our nutrients from whole food, not supplements (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/some-dietary-supplements-may-be-more-than-a-waste-of-money/).
See the previous video Dried Apples, Dates, Figs or Prunes for Cholesterol? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/dried-apples-dates-figs-or-prunes-for-cholesterol/) for a comparison of prunes to other dried fruit in terms of cholesterol-lowering capacity. And if you’re worried dried fruit may be too calorically dense, the next video Do Fruit & Nut Bars Cause Weight Gain? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-fruit-nut-bars-cause-weight-gain/) should help put your mind at ease.
Have a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/prunes-vs-metamucil-vs-vegan-diet/ and he’ll try to answer it!
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