Q: My grandson is four, and he has constipation problems. How much PlumSmart should
I give him? I just recently started drinking PlumSmart and I think it's wonderful and love
the taste! I can’t wait to share it with my grandson and the rest of my family and friends.
A: We’re glad to hear that you enjoy PlumSmart's crisp taste! PlumSmart has a unique combination of nutrients to help keep a “regular” balance within the
digestive system – and kids love it! The recommended USDA serving of 100% juice for kids is
4oz, or 1/2 cup. For your grandson, you could start with 4oz, and then increase to 8oz as
needed. If the problem continues, we recommend that you see a doctor to help evaluate what
solutions are best for your grandson. Unfortunately, we cannot identify or diagnosis an
individual’s medical condition.
Q: I have a three-year-old that has constant trouble with constipation. Is PlumSmart safe
A: PlumSmart is safe for kids, and it's great for kids! While some children tend to refuse fruit,
it's easy to make sure they are getting the necessary fiber, vitamins and nutrients with the
delicious taste of plum juice.
Minerals and Nutrients
Q: Does plum juice help with losing weight too?
A: You've likely heard that fiber "keeps you regular." However, the health benefits of fiber go
beyond its role in maintaining bowel regularity. Fiber-rich diets have been associated with a
reduced risk of digestive disease, lower blood cholesterol levels, and may even aid in weight
management. PlumSmart Plum Juice is a great tasting and easy way to increase your daily
fiber intake. Sunsweet recently introduced PlumSmart Light. An 8oz serving has only 60
calories, but still provides 3 grams of dietary fiber and the same delicious taste as original
Q: I know there are different types of fiber out there, but what is dietary fiber? Is there
another type of fiber I should be including in my diet in addition to dietary fiber?
A: Fiber as a general term refers to non-digestible plant material. The fiber found in foods we
eat is called dietary fiber and is important for good health. The "types" of fiber you hear about
are two types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. Both soluble and insoluble fibers are
undigested, and they are therefore not absorbed into the bloodstream as they pass through
the digestive tract. Overall good health requires the intake of foods high in both types of fiber,
but it is ultimately more important to eat or drink enough fiber each day than to worry about
the amounts of each type that are consumed. In addition to PlumSmart, fruits, vegetables,
whole grain foods, beans and legumes are all good sources to help achieve the daily
recommendation of 25 grams of dietary fiber. Dextrin is a soluble dietary fiber that is found in
PlumSmart. The dextrin in PlumSmart is corn-based, so it's also gluten-free.
Q: I thought that sorbitol was "fake sugar," and had no idea that it's found naturally in
plums. Why is sorbitol from plums beneficial in digestive health?
A: Sorbitol does occur naturally in plum juice and is also a common sugar substitute. It works
by drawing water into the large intestine and can help to stimulate bowel movements. As a
sugar substitute, it is derived from fruits as a nutritive sweetener, and it provides almost half of
the average calories per gram of regular sugar and starch. Sorbitol is metabolized slowly from
the body, which contributes to maintaining digestive regularity.
Q: I already drink PlumSmart and love it, however, I want to make sure I'm getting fiber
through other ways in my diet. What other foods are good sources of fiber?
A: Dietary fiber is only found in plant foods, so fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are good
sources of fiber. Some types of food processing (such as milling wheat or rice to remove the
bran layer) reduces the amount of fiber that a plant food contains. So look for foods which are
labeled whole grain and of course, include plenty of fruits, vegetables and legumes in your
Q: I've heard that juice is too high in sugar and should be avoided. Is that true?
A: Fruit juices offer great taste and immense health benefits at the same time. While it is
important to limit overall sugar intake and eat a balanced diet, the properties of 100% fruit
juice like PlumSmart are essential to overall health. Beverages that contain 100% juice are
considered nutritionally rich or nutrient-dense foods since they offer multiple nutrients in each
serving. One eight-ounce serving of 100% juice, like PlumSmart, counts as a fruit serving.
Health professionals recommend a balanced diet that includes whole fruit in addition to one or
two glasses of 100% juice to meet the 5-9 daily fruit serving requirement.
Q: Is PlumSmart just a fancy name for prune juice?
A: No, PlumSmart is not prune juice. Prune juice is made by soaking dried plums (prunes) in
hot water and then extracting the juice and solids. PlumSmart is made from fresh plums. The
juice is extracted almost immediately after the fresh fruit is harvested. However, the plums are
of the same variety as those which are dried to make prunes. PlumSmart delivers all the
digestive benefits of prune juice, but is clear, tart-crisp, and refreshing. It tastes fantastic!
Q: I've been told that fruit juice can vary in the amount of fruit juice it actually contains -
how can I make sure that I'm not getting cheated of my fruit serving?
A: All juices will specify the amount of juice it contains, so it is important to read the label.
What you are looking for is 100% juice which means that the juice is the liquid obtained from a
fruit or vegetable, and no added sugar. This ensures that you are getting fruit, not watereddown
sugar water with fruit flavors.
The PlumSmart Solution
Q: How often should I drink PlumSmart juice?
A: We recommend one eight-ounce serving each day. A clinical study suggests that
PlumSmart plum juice may help regulate digestion when 8oz were consumed daily for two
weeks. That one, eight-ounce glass of PlumSmart every morning provides a full serving of fruit
along with the essential nutrients that are good for your digestive tract. Eating foods rich in
fiber and essential minerals should be a daily, healthy habit for good digestive health.
Q: Should I drink PlumSmart when I have a problem, or as a way to prevent a problem?
A: Both! PlumSmart may help to both relieve current digestive issues and may potentially aid in
preventing them from occurring in the future. The body operates at peak performance when all
parts are working properly, including the digestive tract - so whether you are seeking
preventive or immediate relief, PlumSmart may be the solution for you!
Always consult a physician when experiencing chronic irregularity or other health concerns.
Information provided courtesy of Sunsweet Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC)