This is a fruit of the date palm tree which grows in many tropical regions. In recent years dates have become quite popular. Almost all sold in western countries are dried. They range in colour from bright red to bright yellow. The most commonly consumed types are Medjool and Deglet Noor. They are chewy with a sweet flavour and especially nutritious. Most of the calories in dates come from carbs the rest from protein.
HIGH FIBER - With almost 7 grams of fiber in a 3.5 ounces serving including it in your diet is a great way to increase your fiber intake. This benefits the digestive system reducing constipation. Dates have a low glycemic index.
ANTIOXIDANTS - These protect your cells from free radicals, unstable molecules that may cause harmful reactions in the body leading to disease. Dates are packed with three of the most powerful antioxidants: Flavonoids, Carotenoids and Phenolic acid which is especially useful in lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer.
NATURAL SWEETENER - They are a source of fructose, a natural type of sugar found in fruits. For this reason they are sweet and have subtle caramel - like taste. They make a great, healthy substitute for white sugar. Dates are to be consumed in moderation even though they are high in fiber.
HELPS FIGHT DIABETES - Dates have the ability to increase the production of insulin and also has several properties that can help reduce the rate of absorption of glucose from the intestine. The reduction of glucose absorption will inevitably reduce the blood glucose levels extremely important to those with diabetes.
HEALTHY BONES - Dates are highly rich in micronutrients such as selenium, manganese and copper. Therefore, dates are a valuable food to add to your diet. Give it a try.