• Let’s Have A Date…

    Posted on July 22, 2012 by Lola Kristiani in Food & Beverages.

    The date palm has been referenced to as a ai???tree of life,ai??? probably due to its excellent health benefits as well as its high nutritional value.

    Dates, the staple food of the Middle East countries is a sweet fruit.Ai??Dates is a fruit that can be consumed directly without addition of any other ingredient.Ai??The skin of the dried fruit is wrinkled and covered with a sticky, waxy film. Dates are eaten fresh or dried, whole or incorporated in various Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Below are the benefits from the dates fruit:

    Dates are best eaten when they are fresh, in season and water rich.

    • Dates provide several essential nutrients such as calcium, fibre, amino acids, sulfur, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, potassium and fats to the body.
    • They are wonderful sources of dietary fiber and are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3 and B5. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.Ai??Consumption of dates, not only pacifies the feeling of hunger with its sugar content, but also all of its nutritional value is absorbed by the body. This prevents people from overeating after a day of fasting.
    • Dates help in fighting constipation.Ai??In order to get the benefits of laxative properties of dates, one should soak dates overnight in water. The soaked dates should then be ingested in the morning along with the water to gain the actual advantages. The roughage provided by dates increases bowel movement, thereby solving constipation issues.
    • Dates are beneficial for curing abdominal cancer. They work as useful tonic for all age groups. They work as better as the medicines, and are natural and do not bear anyAi??side effectsAi??in the body. They can be easily digested and used for supplying extra and needed energy.
    • Dates are believed to support good eyesight, particularly for low-light or night vision. One date a day helps maintain healthy eyes for one’s lifetime. Dates are effective in keeping night blindness problems at bay.
    • Pregnancy is a time when a woman experiences extreme bloating, constipation and other intestinal problems. Dates is an excellent remedy for such intestinal disturbances. Moreover, being rich in iron, dates prevent anemia in mother and child. It is also believed to impart good memory and intelligence to the developing fetus. Dates is also seen to improve strengthen the uterine muscles and facilitates childbirth.
    • To have healthy skin and hair is not an easy task in todayai??i??s busy life and for people like us, dates is our saviour. Ai??Just take a couple of dates everyday and you can see a drastic transformation in your skin and hair.
    • Dates are one of the most nourishing natural foods. Containing 3,000 calories per kilogram (2.2 lbs.), Ai??just a handful taken with a glass of milk, can provide all the nutrition a person needs for the entire day. And because the natural sugars in dates are fructose and glucose, diabetics can safely consume them.
    • Dates make a great snack.Ai??They are easy to digest and make an excellent source of energy, particularly after fasting or when recovering from illness.Ai??Dates are power packed with 29 grams of natural sugars (glucose, sucrose and fructose), 3 grams of dietary fiber and 31 grams of carbohydrates. Therefore, the tiny date fruit can be appropriately described as an energy boosting dry fruit.
    • Dates are beneficial for curing abdominal cancer. They work as useful tonic for all age groups. They work as better as the medicines, and are natural and do not bear anyAi??side effectsAi??in the body. They can be easily digested and used for supplying extra and needed energy.
    • By consuming dates, which contain an element called fluorine (this is responsible for the fruits enamel building) it is probable that they will assist in cavity prevention.Ai??However care should be taken when partaking in all dried fruits, as well they should be enjoyed in moderation. Rinsing your mouth with water during and after meals should help prevent tooth decay. After eating high sugar fruits that leave residue on teeth (such as dried dates) you should always brush your teeth.
    • Besides the above mentioned date fruit benefits, dates are also known to cure intestinal disorders. Their nicotinic content helps keep a check on pathological organism growth. Moreover, dates help strengthen the uterus muscles, enabling it to dilate in a smooth manner during delivery. Dates also enrich the mother’s milk by providing it with nutrients beneficial for the baby’s health.

    I love dates

    So.. let’s have one date a day and shoo the doctor away :)

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