Dates originate from date palm. This delicious fruit is always mistaken by people that it’s a weight gainer. Most are of the opinion that ‘Dates’ because of it sweetness can cause weight gain which is totally wrong. That is just a myth. ‘Dates’ in reality have many hidden benefits which I will take you through. The health benefits of dates are innumerable, it is in fact a dry fruit which is sweet in taste yet healthy and fat free.
Dates are high in iron and fluorine content which in turn are rich sources of vitamins and minerals. Having ‘Dates’ can help you keep many disorders at bay and keep cholesterol under control.
Some health benefits of dates.
- Dates are free from cholesterol and very low in fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Dates are rich in protein, dietary fibre, rich in vitamin B3 B2 B1 B5 including vitamin A1 and C.
- Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugar like fructose sucrose and glucose.
- Dates are very low in calories and very ideal choice for health conscious people
- It improves digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibres and different kind of amino acids
- Dates help in weight gaining and are beneficial for those who are unable to gain weight.
How does Dates help during Pregnancy?
Pregnancy is when a lady suffers from excessive bloating, bowel problems along with other intestinal tract difficulties. Dates are good treatment for these kinds of intestinal disruptions. In addition, being abundant with iron, Dates prevents from anaemia in mother as well as child. Dates assist in improving the uterus muscles, allowing it to enlarge in a smooth manner during the course of delivery. Dates in addition improve mother’s milk by giving it nutrition along with being very therapeutic for the new-born’s overall health. Dates in addition helps avoid haemorrhage soon after childbirth.
Pregnant women need to eat about 300 calories per day more than their non-pregnant peers to gain the weight needed to support pregnancy. Instead of choosing high-calorie foods that are low in nutrients, pregnant women should choose nutrient-dense foods, such as dates, that provide plenty of vitamins and minerals along with the calories they need.
Good for Diabetes
Diabetics must be aware of controlling their weight. They should eliminate many food items from their snacks. Dates-the sweet desert fruit is cholesterol and fat free therefore, they serve as a great snack item. Many essential disease protective minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and copper are present in Dates. These minerals are required in small amounts but, if the body is deprived of these nutrients then the health condition may be worsened. The insulin production is improved by the presence of zinc. Level of sugar is regulated by magnesium.
Lot of dates can easily improve the chance for type 2 diabetes simply because they have a great glycaemic index, in accordance with the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Centre. High-glycaemic foods just like ‘Dates’ may cause sharp raises within your blood sugar levels and therefore should be consumed in moderation.
Any food if consumed in excess can be harmful to your internal system. Having dates in moderation in a day can prove and give many kinds of benefits to our life and make us more productive at work.
Hi Aqsa, nice article!
I have few questions.
How many dates can be eaten in a day and which is the best time to eat them.
PS: My current weight is 92 & I want to become fit(loose fat). So please suggest accordingly.
This is such an informative blog. Dates is such a nutritious fruit which you can have any time as a snack or after the meal. Its is very good for digestion as the fiber content is high in it. Qarmashat cooking forum https://www.qarmashat.com/t5/In-the-Kitchen-blog/A-few-things-you-need-to-know-about-dates/ba-p/147 gives you an overall idea of different varieties of dates available in the market so that you can purchase it according to your own preferences when you buy them. Medjool dates is considered as the most healthier one as it is enriched with all the essential nutrients and healing properties.