No, I am not talking about, ‘would you like to go out for a coffee with me?’ kind of dates, I am talking about the ones that are far from our reach. I know, I know, some people are quite unlucky and that is why even the coffee dates are far from their reach, but I am talking about the ones that grow on trees. Now you got me right. The date trees that all of us have seen in animated series based out of deserts. These trees don’t have deep roots and can grow in dehydrated soil. They have long trunks and large leaves that grow at the top. Okay, enough about the tree already, what about the fruits. Beneath the large leaves, you will find small fruits, the sweet and nutritive date fruits. Here are few of the many benefits of dates.
- Aids Digestion
Dates are rich in dietary fiber it contains 8 grams of fiber per serving of 100 grams. These soluble and insoluble fibers provide the required roughage to the digestive system which helps to clean the digestive system. It regulates the bowel movement, thus alienating constipation or other digestive problems. Soak two dates in some milk or water overnight and consume it next morning. This will help to treat your constipation problem.
- High Hemoglobin
Dates are a rich source of iron.Iron helps to improve the hemoglobin count in the blood and helps to treat anemia. It is advised that young girls should include dates in their diet as it will improve their Hb and RBC count.
- Hearty Health
The fibers in dates boost heart health. It contains magnesium and potassium which helps to lower blood pressure. Studies have shown that eating dates also reduces the chances of stroke. Eating dates regularly helps you to have a very healthy heart. Being rich in iron, it also regulates the blood circulation in the body.
- Slim You
As we already know dates contain a huge amount of dietary fiber which helps to aid digestion. This dietary fiber also boosts our metabolism and speeds up the digestive process. Dates are also a rich source of protein, which is every dieter’s best friend. Protein repairs the broken tissues and muscles in the body thus eating dates soaked in milk or soy milk post gym is very beneficial for any health freak. It also contains huge energy, 100 grams of dates contain 282 calories of energy, thus eating dates before your workout provides you energy and prevents you from the fatigue.
- Yummy For Mummy
This mineral and nutrient rich fruit is a very beneficial for pregnant women. Rich source of iron regulates the Hb and RBC count, it restores the replenishing nutrition in the expectant mother’s body. Studies have shown that eating dates during pregnancy, especially in the last four weeks, reduces the necessity of augmenting labor. It also helps the lactating mothers to produce more milk.
- Natural Sweetheart, Oops, Sweetener
Dates natural sugar in the form of fructose which are less harmful compared to other forms. It does not shoot up the blood sugar level all of a sudden. They are also a healthy alternative to the regular sugar. In case you have a sweet tooth, try satisfying it with dates instead of sugar since dates are less harmful compared to regular sugar because dates are natural unlike sugar which is treated with harmful chemicals, and they also contain a healthy form of glucose, again unlike regular white sugar.
Dates contain 282 calories of energy per 100 grams servings. Unlike other fats and sweeteners which contain only empty calories, dates are a healthy way to gain energy. The soluble and insoluble fiber contents in dates, use the fat in the body and convert them into energy which in turn boosts our metabolism and provides us with a lot of energy.
Now you see, young or old, man or woman, everyone needs dates in their diet. I say how about dating the dates, there is no harm in trying ones, isn’t it? To know more about dates, click here.