Prunes are just a regular fruit, says European Commission
Prunes do not aid digestion, the European Commission has ruled.
Despite the widely accepted belief that prunes have a laxative effect, the European Food Safety Authority has ruled that this is not the case. Its experts said there was "insufficient" evidence of a link between the dried plums and normal bowel function after looking at two studies of prune consumption, and has banned producers from making such a claim.
The ruling came after companies were banned last month from claiming that bottled water prevents dehydration. Officials concluded that there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.
British MEP Graham Watson has challenged an EU commissioner to a prune-eating contest after the latest ruling. He raised the issue in Strasbourg after the EU also refused to recognise the high-fibre content of several fruits.
"The EC's advisory panel which does this work has rejected 95pc of claims for plant-based foods, maybe in many cases with good reason, but among the claims rejected is that prunes have a laxative effect," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)