Date fruits over the years have been gaining its wonderful reputation due to its vitamin and mineral content. Today, dates, both fresh and dried, are among the most utilized fruits worldwide and considered a nutritional superfood.
In this edition of our blog, we would like to share with you how and why date fruits are our most favourite superfood.
Dates contain high dietary fibre, an important nutrient required in our daily food intake.
Dates contain Vitamin B6 and also small amounts of Vitamins C, B-complex and A. Among some of the most beneficial minerals contain in dates fruit are: Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc and Copper.
As dates have high potassium and are lower in sodium content, they are a healthy choice for those with hypertension.
Now, did we get your attention? I bet you are all excited to try out some dates!
Date fruit are rich in antioxidants. Try combining date fruits and some nuts such as almond, pistachio and walnuts for snack time, and you'll have yourself a wonderful bowl of Superfood potpourri that is packed with antioxidants.
Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals - molecules produced when your body breaks down food or are exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Dates are helpful in this regard because of their fibre content. They are a brilliant source of soluble fibre, which helps food comfortably flow through your intestines and make your toilet trip as comfortable as possible.
No matter how, dates work great as a form of laxative and help with digestion. This makes dates a handy snack if you need to make a bowel movement.
You can treat diarrhoea with dates too, due to the high potassium content. This helps to control how loose your bowels are to alleviate discomfort. This, combined with the soluble fibre, helps get your bowels functioning comfortably.
With the natural sugars, it means dates will give you a quick kick of energy to keep you going through the day.
This makes dates a much better pick-me-up than addictive caffeine drinks that'll leave you sluggish. The health benefits from dates can work in tandem with other healthy lifestyle choices such as exercising at the gym or going for a run.
Despite the high sugar content found in dates, it ranks low on the Glycemic Index (GI), hence it is not one of those fruits that will immediately spike your blood sugar and insulin level.
There you go, the list goes on and on when talking about the goodness of date fruits is concerned, we can literally write a book on it. Above all, the simplicity and convenience factors play a big role too. In terms of how hardy and easy storing dried dates are compared with any other fruits, dates require minimum storage effort and generally last longer.
Consuming it is not complicated, especially if you are always on-the-go running a hectic schedule. Bringing and packing some dates for the day is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and its delicious and candy-like flavour make it loveable and a suitable treats for all ages. For small children, however, let's play it safe and give only pitted dates.
Of course, with any natural sugars come added calories, but burning those off shouldn't be a problem with light, regular exercise. Moderation is always the key with any dietary food consumption.
We are certain that you are excited to start including dates as part of your daily food intake or for your culinary adventure. Benefit from our vast range of date fruits available on our website. Our recommended favourites are the voluptuous Medjool, our black beauty, Khenaizi dates.
Find one that suits your needs today, and if you have no time to hit the grocer, let us come to you!
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