You’ve probably seen someone hawking dates around town and you’ve probably tasted them or not. These reddish-brown oval-shaped fruit originates from the Middle East where it is a staple food. Date fruits come from the date palm tree grown in tropical regions globally. How can these dry, chewy, and sweet fruits be beneficial to the health you may ask. Some of these health benefits include;
DATES MAKE EXCELLENT SNACKS: Dates indeed make a great option for healthy snacks. It can be paired with other fruits, oatmeal, cereal and cheese. Because of its sticky nature, dates can easily be used to cohere baked snacks such as cookies. Dates can also be combined with other dried fruits and nuts to make healthy snack bars.
DATES ENHANCES BRAIN ACTIVITIES: Some studies have proven that the date fruit contains properties which aid in lowering inflammatory markers in the human brain causing several severe diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Additionally, these chewy fruits have been attributed with brain-boosting ability which consequently reduces the inflammation in the body’s cells. Here’s an overview of the three most potent antioxidants in dates:
- FLAVONOIDS: Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation and have been studied for their potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer.
- CAROTENOIDS: Carotenoids are proven to promote heart health and may also reduce the risk of eye-related disorders, such as macular degeneration.
- PHENOLIC ACID: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, phenolic acid may help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.
DATES IS A NATURAL SWEETENER: Dates are made of fructose, a complex kind of sugar with a sweet taste. These fruits can replace sugar, as well as artificial sweeteners in cooking and baking. Thankfully, dates can be ground into a paste form and used in the household to substitute sugar. Tea, baking, salads are examples of the usefulness of dates. Caution should be put in place however, to consume dates in moderation.
DATES ENCOURAGE NATURAL LABOUR: Studies have been conducted to verify that dates induce timely labour in pregnant women. These studies summarily indicate that indeed these chewy fruits do help promote labour as well reduce labour time.
In conclusion, one can be rest assured that by replacing refined sugar with dates, they are doing their health a huge favour.