Dates Fruit Nutrients and Health Benefits

Dates Fruits.

Have ever heard of a fruit called Date? Not as time date, but Date as a name of an actual fruit. I’ve never heard of these fruits until recently some of friends and family started talking about them and even letting me try some. Their taste, look, and feel somewhat reminds me of raisins only in a tripled or quadrupled size. Dates have an elongated shape.

Dates are pretty popular among raw food enthusiasts because of its healthy and natural sweetening properties. Many healthy eaters use Dates for baking instead of sugar. The Date’s English and Latin name is Dactylifera which came from the Greek word daktulos – finger. After planting a Date Palm it may take up to 8 years before you’ll get any fruit from that tree.

Dates are pollinated naturally by wind which requires an equal amount of male and female plants, but with human assistance you could pollinate up 100 female plants with just one male plant. Some Date growers don’t even care about male plants, because they can buy the pollination flowers at a market.

People can eat Dates just as they eat Grapes, either soft or dried. Some people or companies stuff their Dates with either Candied Orange, Lemon Peel, Walnuts, Almonds, Tahini (Sesame Paste), Marzipan (Confection consisting of sugar and ground almond), or even Cream Cheese. The younger Date Palm leaves can be eaten as a vegetable, but the removal of those leaves will most likely kill the palm.

Palm Tree called Deglet from Tunisia, Provided on Wikipedia by Madhif.There are three main Cultivar Groups of Dates: Soft (e.g. Medjool), Semi-Dry (e.g. Deglet Noor), and Dry (e.g. Thoory). There are very many different kinds or cultivars of Dates available today and they all different from each other by either size, color, taste, and/or feel. The Nutrients in 1 Cup (or 147 grams) of Chopped Deglet Noor Dates are:

- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1, Thiamin
- Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
- Vitamin B3, Niacin
- Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
- Vitamin B9, Folate, Folic Acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Choline
- Betaine
- Protein
- Calcium
- Iron
- Magnesium
- Phosphorus
- Potassium (Good Amount)
- Sodium
- Zinc
- Copper
- Manganese
- Selenium
- Natural Fats
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids
- Carbohydrates (Good Amount)
- Dietary Fiber (Good Amount)
- Natural Sugars
- Calories (Good Amount)

According to these ingredients and their amounts, the Health Benefits of Date Fruits are:

Dietary Fiber:
- Normalizes Blood Sugar Levels
- Normalizes Cholesterol Levels
- Regularizes Bowel Movement
- Helps prevent constipation
- Helps prevent hemorrhoids
- Supports Weight Loss

Potassium:
- Improves nerve function
- Improves muscle function
- Reduces confusion
- Reduces irritability
- Reduces fatigue
- Lowers chance of heart problems
- Lowers chance of high blood pressure
- Protects from chronic diarrhea
- Improves exercise ability

Manganese:
- Supports strong bones
- Supports healthy bones
- Normalizes blood sugar levels
- Supports healthy thyroid gland
- Improves Nerve health
- Protects from free radicals
- Helps protect from nausea
- Reduces vomiting
- Reduces skin rashes
- Maintains Hair color
- Normalizes Cholesterol levels
- Helps prevent dizziness
- Helps prevent hearing loss
- Supports healthy reproduction

Magnesium:
- Relaxes nerves
- Relaxes muscles
- Strengthens bones
- Builds bones
- Improves blood circulation
- Protects from muscle spasms
- Improves heart rate
- Normalizes blood sugar level
- Helps prevent headaches

Copper:
- Reduces tissue damage
- Supports bone health
- Supports thyroid gland function
- Support Nerves health
- Increases Good Cholesterol (HDL)
- Decreases Bad Cholesterol (LDL)
- Reduces Fatigue
- Reduces Weakness
- Helps body utilize the Iron

Check These Products Out which relate to our current subject on Date Fruits…

Oskri Date Fruit Bar, Gluten Free, 1.5-Ounce Bars (Pack of 20) Mariani Premium Pitted Dates 100 Percent Natural and Fat Free Sun-ripened 40 Ounce Resealable Bag Dates, Deglet, Pitted - 5 Lb Bag / Box Each Sun Maid Pitted Dates, 8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 5)

3 thoughts on “Dates Fruit Nutrients and Health Benefits

  1. Oh my gosh! I always knew dates are good for health but i wasn’t aware of so many date facts… Specially that dates can be used to replace sugar. Currently i have been using this natural sweetener Natvia http://natvia.com/ to sweeten my food.

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