Pound for pound, dates are one of the healthiest natural foods you can consume. Not only are they loaded with vitamins and minerals, but they also have an appealing flavor on their own, or eaten in many different ways.
People in many Middle Eastern societies have consumed the fruit of date palms for thousands of years. Ancient Mesopotamians ate dates and used date palms in the construction of some of their temples some 4,000 years before the birth of Christ.
Vitamins and Minerals
Dates are packed to the brim with necessary vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, Vitamin A1, Vitamin B1, potassium, copper, niacin and iron. They are good for your blood, heart and bones. They are also very high in fiber, making them effective for a healthy digestive system.
The high content of magnesium and fiber found in dates makes them a very good cancer fighter. People from Middle Eastern countries that consume lots of dates have much lower instances of cancer than in people in other parts of the world.
Good for Diabetics
Dates allow a way for diabetics to replace sugar in their diets. They contain fructose and glucose, and although they are very sweet, they can safely be consumed by diabetics. Dates can be chopped up and mixed with food or turned into syrup.
References and ResourcesOrganic Facts: Health Benefits of Dates
Family Nutrition Online: Health Benefits of Dates
Kitchen Table Medicine: Anti-Aging Tip – Eat Dates!