4 Health Benefits of Jam
The Unexpected Advantages of Fruit Jam in Your Diet
It should come as no surprise to you that here at Jamology, we LOVE our jam. We love when our customers love our jam! Our decadent, real-fruit preserves are meant to bring a smile to your face and liven up both your morning toast and your cheese boards. The bottom line is that we want our customers to enjoy our jam. But would you be surprised to learn that there are actually some health benefits to including real fruit jams in your diet? Well, it’s true!
Jams are Free of Fat and Cholesterol
Here are some of the ingredients you’ll find in Jamology’s jams — real fruit, fruit pectin, organic cane sugar, and red wine vinegar. Do you know what you won’t find? Fat or cholesterol! When you stick to the recommended serving size of real fruit jams, such preserves may have a positive effect on blood sugar and blood fat levels. The pectin that is in most preserves naturally binds to cholesterol in your bloodstream, making it more difficult for your body to absorb, which in turn, can lower your risk of heart disease. In fact, one study found that the pectin in jams can actually help lower your bad cholesterol (LDL.)
Pectin May Help Lower Your Risk of Cancer
Pectin, which is naturally occurring in fruits like apples, might just have some secret superpowers. Pectin is used in many jams as a natural fruit preservative, but it’s also been shown to fight cancer cells. One study found that pectin may help destroy colon cancer cells. Research into using pectin to combat cancer cells is ongoing, but many health experts say that it shows promise in combating breast, liver, stomach, and lung cancer. Who would’ve suspected that the humble apple would be helping in the fight against cancer?
Fruit Jams Contain Antioxidants
Jams made with real fruit (like all of the jams created by Jamology) maintain many of the health benefits of those fruits! Many fruits contain antioxidants that contribute to heart health, as well as potentially lowering your risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming the antioxidants in real fruit in preserves may also help lower pregnant women’s risk of developing neural tube defects, spina bifida, an anencephaly. Medical and food scientists are continuing to research the effectiveness of the powerful antioxidants contained in fruits — it’s just one more reason to love real fruit jams!
Jam is a Powerful Source of Energy and Fiber
Jams that contain real sugar are also an incredible source of energy and fiber. Jams with real sugar help curb hunger, meaning that you don’t need to consume as much to feel satisfied. The pectin in fruit jams also acts as a fiber that can aid in digestion. Pectin is what’s known as a “soluble fiber,” which means that it turns into a gel-like state in your digestive system. Soluble fibers help reduce constipation and are an important food source for the healthy bacteria that live in your gut.
Like we said, we love jam, and we want you to love our jam, too! With Jamology, you can rest easy knowing that, although our jams are delicious and decadent, they’re also totally natural.That’s something to feel good about.