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Health Benefits of Dates

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The Middle East is the hub of one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the worlds. Yes, we are talking about dates and benefits of dates for men, women, and kids. Today, dates are grown all over the world. The place of origin of dates still remains unknown, but it is believed to have originated around the lands of Iraq.

With over 2000 varieties of dates, they grow on palm tree known as date palm. Medjool dates are one of the famous variety of dates and are grown in the US. Medjool dates are famous for its color and sweet flavor. Dates act as a great sugar substitute in desserts and protein shakes.

Advantages of Eating Dates

Dates are miraculous fruit. There are many health benefits of dates including relief from Abdominal Cancer, Anemia, Constipation, Diarrhea, Heart Problems, Intestinal Disorders, and Sexual Dysfunctions etc.

Dates are helpful in Weight Gain, Muscle Development, Recovering Injuries, Reducing Blood Pressure, Regulating Digestion, Eye Health etc. They are also a rich source of Calcium, Copper, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorous, Potassium, Riboflavin, Sulfur, Thiamine, Zinc, and Vitamin A.

Presence of Potassium provides benefits to the dates in boosting the nervous system functionality. The brain improves on responding quickly and stays more alert.

Dates are also found favorable in treating allergies. The presence of organic sulfur helps to prevent seasonal allergies.

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Benefits of Dates soaked overnight in water

Soak them overnight and consume them the next morning. The results have been great for weak hearts. Overnight soaked dates reduce heart strokes and other heart-related diseases. The same overnight soaked dates are helpful in reducing alcoholic intoxication and hangovers.

Benefits of eating dates in the morning

Dates help in boosting body energy levels quickly. It’s the laxative nature of the dates that help cure common constipation problems. The higher levels of soluble fiber relax the bowel movements.

Eating 2-3 dates on an empty stomach can provide a lot of benefits of eating dates. Eating dates on regular basis can take care of your daily required intake of dietary fiber.

Benefits of Almonds and Dates for Breakfast

Eating almonds and dates in breakfast, after 30 minutes of waking up, improves your sleep at night. The combination of 8 almonds and 2 dates are known to be magical. The combo provides about 200 calories to being your day with.

The early dose of almonds and dates for breakfast triggers the metabolism and stabilize blood sugar. It also releases melatonin for a good night sleep.

Benefits of Dates with Honey

Dates and Honey both are known for their health benefits. And when they are combined together in the form of syrup, they amazing benefits. The combination provides a large number of antioxidants that prevent cell damage.

Because of the higher level of glucose, the combination is a natural way to gain weight. Also, the higher level of glucose works as an energy booster in no time. The combination is also known for preventing night blindness and abdominal cancer.

Benefits of Dates with Milk

Added with milk, dates helps to prevent anemia and constipation. Milk and Dates are also well known for their ability to build sexual strength. This combination is also known for its ability to maintain a healthy nervous system and heart.

Buy the best quality dates today and include them in your daily diet to improve your health.

How to eat Dates

Popular Recipes with Dates

Dates are consumed in many ways. Some like to eat fresh dates / dry dates while some like to make a paste of dates and mix it with milk. I am a big fan of dates and have used dates in my recipes in different ways.

In my Coffee Date Cake and Carrot Date Muffins, I have used chopped dates. You may use chopped dates in a range of puddings, shakes, cookies, bread, snacks, and desserts.

In my Quinoa Brownies, I have used the date syrup. My dates protein balls, extremely popular among kids uses the paste of dates.

Some like to eat stuff dates. The dates are filled with almonds, pecans, and cream cheese etc. after removing the pits from them.

How many Dates to eat per day

To be honest, I don’t know. Depending on your situation and body health, your doctor is the best person to comment on this. But, as a general rule, a single date is about 35 to 40 calories. Now how many you want to consume, should answer your how many dates you should eat per day.

Eating 4-5 dates a day should be fine. But if you have some medical condition, you must consult your doctor. If you are diabetic consuming 2-3 dates should be fine. But you must exercise daily and maintain healthy eating habits.

Side effects of dates

Unlike most of the fiber-rich food, dates are not a low-calorie food. The high level of sugar and carbohydrate makes them calorie rich. There are about 65 calories in a single date to talk about.

If your medical restricted on sugar intake, even if it is coming from fruit, restrict eating dates. Same is true for people who are on a weight loss spree.

The sticky surface of the dates is something one should be careful of before consuming them. The sticky surface attracts lots of impurities and unless processed the impurities become a part of the fruit while you consume it. Be sure to wash them and enjoy the full benefits of dates.

Are Dates good for Toddlers?

Dates keep your heart healthy and we have already read its nutritional value and thus are good to include in toddlers diet. Dates can provide additional growth to the child that milk only is not able to provide.  But include dates in a toddler’s diet only when they have started eating solids.

Introduce dates just like you introduce any other fruit to your child. Start with 2-3 dates in a day and monitor your child reactions.

Benefits of Dates for Men and Women

Dates are known for their ability to improve male fertility. It is one of the best fruit that has high levels of estradiol and flavonoid. This helps in improving sperm quality and quantity. Dates are naturally aphrodisiac and help in treating sexual disorders. Dates are also known to increase the size of men testes and women breast.

Buy the best quality dates today and include them in your daily diet to improve your health.

Conclusion

Fresh dates provide instant energy and fewer calories than the dried form of dates. Because dates are high in fiber, it helps in weight loss and improved digestion. Along with fiber dates are also a good source of vitamin A, B6, B12, C, and K. For people with sweet tooth, replacing high calories dessert with dates can help them satisfy their cravings. Dates are also a great natural sugar substitute that now people use in their recipes.

However, eating dates in quantity can have an adverse effect when you are on weight loss spree. To some people eating dates may upset the stomach.

Some of the less talked and not so known benefits of dates are

  • Improves skin complexion
  • Improves vision
  • Helps lower cholesterol

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Dates contain several types of antioxidants that may help prevent the development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It is really very beneficial for health.

  2. Most of the calories in dates come from carbs. The rest are from a very small amount of protein. Despite their calories, dates contain some important vitamins and minerals in addition to a significant amount of fiber.

  3. Hi, is it okay to drink red date soak and honey water? I mean, after i drink the red date soak i then drink the honey water on an empty stomach in the morning. Hope you’ll reply. 🙂

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