💡D A T E S💡
Fruit of the date palm tree, dates are very popular especially during Ramadan (the Muslim fasting month) due to the religious meaning they carry, which provides the perfect opportunity to talk about their health benefits:
🌴Dates are nutrient-dense: they’re rich in carbs as well as many vitamins & minerals including Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Vitamin B6 and a small percentage of Iron!
🌴Dates are high in fiber (10-12% depending on their type): they improve digestion, increase bowel movement (preventing constipation!) AND help control post-consumption blood sugar spikes!!
🌴Yesss, dates are very sugary BUT they have a low glycemic index (GI), which means that your blood sugar will not rise quickly after consuming them 📈❌
And with the help of fibers, blood sugar levels will remain within the norms (except for diabetic individuals of course!).
🌴Dates are rich in antioxidants which protect your cells against free radicals and help decrease risks of several diseases.
The 3 most powerful antioxidants found in dates are: Flavonoids, Carotenoids & Phenolic acid, all known to have anti-inflammatory properties and promote heart health!
Fighting cancer, Alzheimer’s and improving brain & bone health is talked about in a lot of studies as well: these claims will remain uncertain unless validated by the FDA 🤫🤐
🌴Dates are a natural source of Fructose, are easy to add to your diet and they make a totally yummy snack 🤤
HOWEVER, dates are consumed mostly in their dried form, which means they are high in calories (around 280 calories in 100 grams!), most of which comes from carbs!
—> Dates, just like everything else in life, need to be consumed with moderation...
The recommended daily intake (RDI) is between 6 and 8 dates for non-diabetic individuals...!
Bon appétit 😋💞