Grown in tropical climates and shipped all the way to the US, dates are a strange little fruit. When sold dried, they have a sweet taste and a chewy texture that makes you feel as though you’ve dipped into the candy drawer again. However, they’re actually packed with goodness.
In one serving (3.5 ounces), dates contain;
- 2g of protein
- 7g of fiber
- 20% of our potassium requirement
- Vitamin B6
Even after all this, you’ll benefit from all sorts of antioxidants. Today, we want to talk about five benefits that you can enjoy with just two dates per day!
Thanks to the fiber content, sugar doesn’t reach the bloodstream as quickly and digestion is slowed. Rather than enjoying a ‘buzz’ and then crashing, dates offer sustained energy. Classified as a ‘low-glycemic food’, there’s no danger of blood sugar spikes after eating dates.
Improved Mental Decline
Brain games, exercise, and a healthy diet – three things that will assist your mind in navigating the difficult path of time. Fortunately, experts have also found a link between dates and inflammatory markers in our ‘gray matter’. Long story short, we reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Elsewhere, amyloid beta protein plaques can’t form, and this allows cells to communicate normally while reducing the rate at which they die. In animal studies, consuming dates also led to a longer memory, stronger learning ability, and a reduction in anxiety-related behavior.
Did you know that, although fiber helps digestion, it doesn’t actually get digested? Instead, it adds weight to your stools, and you can pass easier. Whether you eat them alone or sprinkle chopped dates on oatmeal, the seven grams per 3.5 ounces makes them a fantastic addition to any diet. To prevent constipation, we recommend introducing dates slowly.
Reduced Reliance on White Sugar
According to many doctors, the obesity epidemic is a result of our reliance on sugar. If you aren’t eating home-cooked meals, your diet is likely to be packed with refined sugars (even while making a conscious effort to eat healthily!).
As well as eating dates as a treat, many like to replace sugar with dates in recipes. If you throw them in a blender with some water, you’ll eventually get a paste, and this is a great way to add sweetness to a recipe without the associated sugar spikes that normally come with it. While you might consume a little more in the way of calories, dates will offer things that white sugar simply cannot (i.e. antioxidants and plenty of fiber!).
Prevention of Disease
Finally, the antioxidants that we’ve mentioned neutralize free radicals and this is important in the fight against disease. Without them, free radicals will damage the cells, and this increases the risk of certain diseases. When you consider plums, figs, and similar fruits, dates have the highest level of antioxidants. In fact, your body will benefit from three of the most well-known antioxidants.
- Carotenoids – For the heart, carotenoids are essential, but the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration both reduce too which keeps the eyes healthy.
- Phenolic Acid – Both cancer and heart disease risks reduce here thanks to its anti-inflammatory nature.
- Flavonoids – Again, we find another anti-inflammatory antioxidant and studies have revealed its ability to reduce the risk of some cancers, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
In most diseases, inflammation is present so having these antioxidants limiting inflammation may just be invaluable.
You can eat two dates per day, right? Even if you don’t like the taste, even if you have to turn them into a paste, your mind and body will thank you for it!
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