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Nutritional value of dates

January 22, 2009



The people of the Middle East have been consuming dates, as an essential part of their staple diet since centuries. Dates, the fruit of date palm, are nutritious like all other members of the fruit family. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and many other substances that are essential for the proper functioning of the body. People, who are following a strict diet plan, find solace in dates when they die to have something sweet. Though they are nutritious, they contain minimal amounts of fat and are absolutely free from cholesterol.

Dates are abundant in nutritional elements such as Vitamin A1, B1, B2, B3, B5, and C. It also contains more than twenty different kinds of amino acids. These amino acids smoothens the digestive process and makes the assimilation of carbohydrates easier.

This ultimately helps in regulating the blood sugar levels and fatty acid content present in our body. The selenium present in dates is found to lower the risk of cancer and coronary ailments.  Moreover, dates help in maintaining a healthy immune system.

A single date contains an average of twenty three calories, which is considerably low. This very low calorie count together with the huge amount of healthy substances present in it makes dates best choice of health conscious people.

Dates are also low in sodium content and thereby promote overall health. The various mineral salts that are present in dates include manganese, iron, potassium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorous, copper, magnesium etc. The nicotinic presence found in dates makes it an excellent cure for intestinal disturbances. The natural fibers present in dates are extremely beneficial to health.

Dates are found to be helpful in supplying quick energy. When boiled in milk, dates become all the more nutritious and the resultant drink is found to be an invigorating one. This nutritious drink is prescribed to both children and adults during the stage of convalescence.


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