Dates commonly grow in dry deserts of Africa, Middle East and some parts of Asia. The fact that dates grow in arid regions of this world and yet are rich in water only adds to its fragrant sweet mystery. Dates are easy to store, transport and cheaper than many other dried fruits and yet give numerous health benefits that are singular to dried fruits.
Dates are an outstanding source of energy and yet have fewer calories than most dried fruits. Fresh dates have fewer calories than dried dates. As per many nutritional fact websites available, about 100 grams of fresh dates has around 280 calories. They assist in healthy weight again among people who are thin due to high metabolism. Yet, they are completely free of Trans fatty acids and saturated fats. They are loaded with natural fibres and hence are excellent laxatives too. Soak dates overnight, grind them with milk and have a refreshing drink for relief from constipation. They have high content of essential nutrients and are especially useful for an energy boost when you haven’t eaten all day and are craving something sweet and sticky. You could also try having a couple of dates instead of chocolate to cope with mood swings and fatigue.
Dates have a high content of potassium, much more than bananas. Potassium is needed for intracellular blood volume required for effective heart pumping. Regular consumption of dates is said to prevent stroke. Dates have abundant amounts of iron and are extremely effective for chronic anaemia. Although, dates are very poor Vitamin C, they are lavish in Vitamin B, Vitamin A, Calcium, Phosphorous Magnesium and more than 20 kinds of amino acids. This is much more than the amount found in any other fruit. The large sums of proteins found in dates contribute to muscle growth and prevent muscle atrophy and spasms, resultant of ageing.
They contain chemical called pectin that favours low cholesterol levels in the blood stream. Dates aid in the development of helpful bacteria in intestines, aid digestion and prevent constipation. Their phenomenal action in the stomach also acts towards prevention of abdominal cancer. This is mainly due to an existence of antioxidants and carotenoids in them.
Dates are also found to be helpful for pregnant women to strengthen uterine muscles and fasten delivery. They are an exceptional source of Vitamin K and Tannins that are anti-haemorrhaging and anti-inflammatory.
Dates hold a special place in dental hygiene due to their fluorine content which amazingly prevents and delays tooth decay and gum problems. They slow plaque formation and safeguards teeth. Moreover, they lower your blood pressure, increase your immune system and boost your sexual stamina. The presence of compound called phenolic acids contributes to bone growth and increases bone density. This, in turn, averts recurrent fractures.
In addition to all the benefits mentioned above, dates are used to flavour many sweets and prepare tasty treats too. They adorn all varieties of cookies and cakes as a taste enhancer. They are particularly suitable for this as they remain fresh and durable for extended periods of time. Go ahead and add this to your regular diet and experience the wonders it does to your body system and immunity.
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