Health Benefits of Dates

Dates are very much rooted in Emirati culture. Find out about their nutritional values here...
The Goodness of Dates
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The Goodness of Dates
April 21, 2019

Did you know, there are 44 million date-palm trees in the UAE, producing a whopping 76,000 tons of dates per year? Not only that, approximately 190 varieties are grown here. These petite yet powerful fruits are a great food with which to break your fast, because despite their high fructose content, they have a low glycaemic index. This means that they are slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised by your body so you’re less likely to suffer any blood-sugar spikes. There are many more nutritional and health benefits, too. Find out more…

1 Health is wealth

High in vitamins A, B5, B6, and minerals such as copper, manganese, potassium, iron, and magnesium, dates are widely regarded as a superfood. They promote a healthy nervous system, bone development and help to lower blood pressure. Dates also have a high fibre content, which bolsters a healthy digestive system.

2 Curb your cravings

Dates are a highly concentrated source of energygiving carbohydrates. Eating dates helps to reduce the compulsion to overeat at iftar due to the fact that they help to satisfy food cravings after a day of fasting.

3 Alternative ingredient

It’s said that a 30g portion of dates (or one medjool date) counts as one of your five-aday fruit and vegetable intake. They’re also incredibly versatile and can be added to smoothies or cakes for added sweetness.

4 Up the anti

Dates’ high anti-oxidant value means that they not only help to fight off havoc-causing free radicals in the body but they can also provide anti-ageing benefits to the eyes and skin.