Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world. They have flourished across the Middle East for centuries. Mainly known for their sweet delectable flavor, dates are considered ‘super fruit’ by nutritionist.
Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals, energy, sugar, and fiber. Due to their ability to metabolize quickly in the body and provide an essential energy boost, dates are preferred for breaking the fast in Ramadan.
Here are a few reasons why dates should be eaten regularly:
1. Very Nutritious
Dates have an excellent nutrition profile; they contain several vitamins and minerals. Vitamins found in dates are B1, B2, B3 and B5, as well as A1 and C.
Furthermore dates are rich in iron, which makes them highly recommended for those who suffer from iron deficiency and blood purification.
2. High in fiber, aids digestion
Dates are high in fiber and getting enough fiber is important for overall health. Fiber promotes digestion and benefits digestive health by preventing constipation.
Furthermore, the fiber in dates may be beneficial for blood sugar control. Fiber slows digestion and may help prevent blood sugar levels from spiking too high after eating.
3. Protein rich, cholesterol free
Dates are a strong source for proteins that keeps you fit, and your muscles strong. Additionally they are free from cholesterol, and contain very little fat, so regular consumption helps to keep a check on cholesterol levels, and assist in weight loss.
4. High in disease fighting antioxidants
Dates provide various antioxidants that help prevent the development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Compared to similar types of fruit, such as figs and dried plums, dates have the highest antioxidant content.
5. Improves bone health
Dates are rich in selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all required when it comes to keeping bones healthy, and preventing conditions such as osteoporosis.
6. Assist in weight gain (when needed)
The sugar, proteins, and other vitamins in dates help with weight gain, especially when needed. Incidentally, it has been noted that dates eaten with cucumber help to keep body weight at a normal level—incredible flexibility!
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