Why Do Prunes Make You Poop?


Elsewhere in the world, prunes occupy the head of the table. Here in America, they’re often the butt of jokes. The shiny, sweet dried fruits are both exploited and ridiculed for their laxative properties, but do they really make you poop? There actually is a good amount of scientific evidence to prove that prunes do indeed make an effective laxative. Not only are they high in insoluble fiber, which adds bulk to food in the process of digestion while also helping it pass through the system faster, they also contain sorbitol, which is a laxative. Prunes are also laced with neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids — the same chemicals that can send you to the bathroom after finishing your morning coffee. Unfortunately, the laxative effects of prunes overshadows the fact that they’re also delicious. That’s why the prune lobby has launched a massive rebranding effort to change the name of prunes to “dried plums," hoping that consumers will be more prone to buy them. Still, under any name, prunes still have the power to move you.