Phoenix dactylifera (date, or date palm) is a palm in the genus Phoenix, cultivated for its edible sweet fruit.

Phoenix dactylifera (date, or date palm) is a palm in the genus Phoenix, cultivated for its edible sweet fruit.

The benefits of dates are uncountable, as this fruit is affluent in natural fibers. Dates are even rich in several vitamins and minerals.
These natural products contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are advantageous for health.

It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Dates help in fighting constipation, intestinal disorders, weight gain, heart problems, diarrhoea and abdominal cancer.

 

They are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium.

This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researches have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke. Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.
Dates can be chipped and sprinkled on sweet dishes, this enhances the state of the dish.

Selection of dates is very easy and you can have good ones if they appear fleshy and evenly coloured. Make sure there is no artificial sugar coating.

Wash the dates properly before you eat because dust accumulates on the dates easily. In addition to all these, storing dates is not a big deal. They are dry fruits and so you do not have to face the hassles to store them.
A serving of power-packed dates contains 31 grams of carbohydrates, making them a powerhouse of energy.

 

Carbohydrates include 3 grams of dietary fiber and 29 grams of naturally occurring sugars such as fructose, glucose and sucrose to provide quick energy and are readily used by the body.

Dates are a perfect energy boosting snack.
Dates also contain a variety of B-complex vitamins – thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and pantothenic acid.

These vitamins have a variety of functions that help maintain a healthy body to metabolize carbohydrates and maintain blood glucose levels, fatty acids for energy, and they help make haemoglobin, the red and white blood cells.

 

Dates also contain Magnesium which is essential for healthy bone development and for energy metabolism and Iron which is essential to red blood cell production. Red blood cells carry all the nutrients to cells throughout the body. In addition, Dates are fat and cholesterol free!

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