If you like something sweet and exciting or perhaps something that’ll give you natural energy then you should like dates.
It is an edible sweet fruit and it’s healthy for the body and mind and it’s one of the perfect fruit for a romantic date.
Dates is something like a mystery fruit, it is a stone fruit that has a single seed surrounded by an outer fleshy fruit (like mangoes , olives and peaches ) grown on date palm trees.
It goes way back over 50 million years ago according to Fossils.Found commonly in Iraq, Middle east and Northern Africa, Egypt is the largest producers of dates.
However today everyone can get their hands on tasty date nowadays, Dates are high in nutrients and have so many advantages and uses.
Some of the health benefits are:
It promotes brain health
Laboratory studies have shown that Dates helps in Lowering inflammatory markers like interleukin 6 in the brain which causes a high risk of neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer when high.
Helps in natural labor
Study shows that eating dates during the last few weeks of pregnancy may ease natural labor for pregnant women.
Dates contains tannis which are compounds that helps facilitate contractions which are good source of natural sugar and calories and may be necessary to maintain energy levels during labor.
A study shows that 69 women who consumed 6 dates per day for 4 weeks prior to their due date were 20% more likely to go into labor naturally with significantly less time in labour than those who did not eat them.
High Amount of Nutrients
Dried dates contain more calories than most fresh fruits, dates contain more calories from carbs and little amount of protein.
It also contains some important vitamins and minerals and a significant amount of fibre
- Calories: 277
- Carbs: 75 grams
- Fiber: 7 grams
- Protein: 2 grams
- Potassium: 20% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 14% of the RDI
- Copper: 18% of the RDI
- Manganese: 15% of the RDI
- Iron: 5% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 12% of the RDI
High in Disease Fighting Antioxidant
Dates provide different antioxidant that have numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of several diseases. Date seems to have the highest antioxidant content compared to other similar types of fruits like dried plums and fig
Three most potent antioxidants in dates includes:
- Phenolic acid
Reduce the Risk of Colon cancer
Making sure that food moves through the digestive system at a healthy rate, dates also make sure that the gut itself is healthy and free from harmful bacteria. when the digestive system and gut are working well, so is the colon, reducing the risk of colon cancer.
A study carried out by the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences found that those who consumed dates had enhanced colon health
because dates increased the growth of good bacteria, inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells.
Other Potential Health Benefits includes
Blood sugar control
Long lasting energy