• Felicia Newell, RD, CPT, BScAHN

Shelf-stable Pantry Staples and Immune Supporting Foods

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Happy Nutrition Month! As this very different Nutrition Month winds down, it is more important than ever to keep your health the main focus, as nutrition, health, and mental health go hand-in-hand. There are many nutrients that are involved with the normal functioning of the immune system and therefore we encourage eating a variety of healthy foods each day in order to support immune function.

At this time, it makes sense to stock up on non-perishable food items but avoid panic buying.

It is easier on the supply chain if people gradually build up their household stores instead of making large-scale purchases all at once. To do this, you can add a few extra items to your grocery cart every time you shop.

Good options are easy-to-prepare and shelf-stable foods such as California Prunes.

California Prunes and our immune system:

  • Prunes are a source of vitamin B6 and copper, which contribute to the normal function of the immune system

  • Prunes are a source of copper and manganese, which contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress

Prunes as an antioxidant:

  • Prunes are a source of copper and manganese, which are antioxidant nutrients that contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress

Here are some additional nutritional benefits of California Prunes:

  • Prunes are very high in vitamin K and contain magnesium These two nutrients contribute to the maintenance of normal bones. Five to six prunes daily helps slow bone loss in postmenopausal women.3

  • A source of dietary fibre (3g per serving), which promotes digestive health, heart health and satiety (which means you are less likely to be hungry in between meals).

  • Low on the glycemic index (which means they have a low