Dates boast numerous health properties and nutrients. What positive effects do they have on the body? When should you eat them? All will be revealed!
Benefits for your body
Dates are rich in fibre and so ease digestion and prevent constipation. The fruit is also high in carbohydrates which will top up your energy reserves!
Another plus is that dates are a great source of iron, a mineral that helps your body to breathe and promotes the transportation of oxygen, from the lungs to the organs. What’s more, dates are excellent for sight; indeed, they contain zeaxanthin which is healthy for our vision and prevents its deterioration, and lutein, an essential component of the pigment contained in the macula, part of the eye.
Dates also contain calcium in high quantity, which can prevent diarrhoea. They also boost the immune system.
We offer a selection of products made with dates:
- 100% natural dates: dates and nothing else! No additives or preservatives, picked ripe from the tree.
- Dates for gourmets: to satisfy foodies who prefer their dates a little softer than dried dates.
- Soft pitted dates: an extra soft texture with no risk of biting into a stone (making them perfect for kids).
For more choice, check out the date products supplied by our LA FAVORITE brand, date specialists since 1947!
Dates are rich in nutrients and, as explained above, iron too. Iron is an essential mineral as it helps reduce the onset of anaemia. In fact, 100 grams of dates contains 0.90 grams of iron. Second, dates are a good source of potassium which can ward off strokes.
Eating dates is also a way to prevent arterial hypertension because they are low in sodium and high in potassium. They also have a positive effect on the heart as dates can reduce the accumulation of fat in the arteries. Last but not least, dates stimulate the nervous system and the brain.
How many dates should you eat and when?
It’s important to remember that if you are diabetic or you suffer from obesity, it’s recommended that you avoid dried dates which contain more sugar than fresh dates. Picking the dates you prefer to eat will depend primarily on their shelf life. In fact, because of their high sugar content and very low water content, dried dates keep far longer than fresh ones. In any case, eating fresh dates is less calorific than eating the dried variety, so you can enjoy more fresh dates per day than dried dates. Furthermore, an average of three dates a day is enough to reap long-term benefits.
Eating dates before winter comes will build up your body’s resistance to external aggressors. What’s more, a date-rich diet will reduce pain and bleeding during labour and help your body to recover post-labour. A good reason to include them regularly in your diet. Lastly, dates are a good source of energy so feel free to snack on them between meals.
Now all the secrets of dates have been revealed, you know they are not just good for the body, they also stimulate the brain. Like any food, don’t consume them in excess, but eating them regularly and in moderation can only be good for you. Bon appétit!