Dates: Sweet Bites!

They might not be the best looking fruit, with their oddly wrinkled and brown exterior; yet surprisingly, they’re satisfyingly chewy and flavorful. Dates are well-known for the huge amount of energy they provide when consumed, in addition to their great nutritional value. Dates are some of the oldest documented fruits. They’re even mentioned in the Bible and the Qura’an, and were used to fight cold-desert nights and also utilized in ancient medications.

When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients in dates, suffice it to say there are a lot of them. First and foremost, they’re easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their goodness.

Health benefits of dates

  • Delicious fruit acts as a great source of good sugar, which helps keep your body warm during the cold winter season.
  • The soft, easily digestible flesh is rich in fructose and dextrose. On average, 100 grams of dates carry around 281 calories, giving you enough energy to finish a 1-hr workout!
  • The fruit is rich in fiber, which helps in cholesterol absorption in the stomach. Additionally, the fiber helps protect the colon mucous membrane from cancer-causing chemicals binding to it in the colon.
  • They contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.
  • They are moderate sources of vitamin-A, which is known to have antioxidant properties and essential for vision. Additionally, dates also maintain healthy mucous membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A is known to help protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Dates have a high mineral content, which is beneficial for many different health conditions, but their impressive levels of iron make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia. The high level of iron in dates increases energy and strength, while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.
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Other health benefits of dates include weight loss, Relieving constipation, supporting regular bowel movements, promoting heart health, reducing heart disease risk, reducing blood pressure, impotence, promoting respiratory and digestive health, pregnancy deliveries, hemorrhoid prevention, chronic conditions such as arthritis, reducing colitis risk, preventing colon cancer. Yet you have to be careful, too much dates might be harmful. Eating big amounts of dates on a daily bases might lead to diabetes caused by the accumulated amounts of sugar in your body, it will also make you gain some extra pounds when consumed frequently in large portions

For over 1,400 years now, dates are still being served as iftar (meal served at the end of the day during Ramadan, to break the day’s fast). Chef Hanane offers Moroccan dishes on ChefXchange, where she uses dates as one of the main ingredients in her cooking. Book her for your next event to teach you how to make the best use of dates for your next meal.