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7 reasons why we love Medjool dates


By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach

At this time of year Medjool dates are at their best. Soft, squidgy and so deliciously caramel-sweet it's hard to imagine that they could be good for you.

But they are: Eaten in moderation Medjool dates are a good healthy snack.

The date palm is one of mankind's oldest cultivated plants dating back - forgive the pun - over 6000 years. That in itself should tell you that they can't be bundled into the same category as a Snickers bar or a Caramello koala.

Dates are the most common fruit crop grown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and are also grown in California, The Canary Islands, North Africa, Pakistan and India. Today many of these countries including UAE, India and Pakistan are burdened with rising obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases related to diet and lifestyle. But that's not the fault of eating too many dates. A rising economy and increased consumption of food and food products which are not typical of their traditional diet is the root cause.

People need to get out dating again - (sorry !)

7 reasons why we like Medjool dates

  • 1.They are totally delicious !

  • 2.Dates are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre and, as part of a healthy diet, which includes plenty of fresh produce, they will help to reduce LDL cholesterol. Lowering LDL cholesterol will reduce plaque sticking to the artery walls which ultimately can prevent blood flowing to the heart or brain causing heart attacks or strokes

  • 3. A couple of dates in the afternoon is the best sweet - pick - me - up. Medjool dates are an excellent sweet energy snack. They are rich in carbohydrates and natural sugar however, despite their high sugars content, they are actually a low-medium glycemic index food and do not significantly raise blood sugar levels after eating. This means that dates will boost energy without the sudden energy slump that comes from many other highly processed carbohydrate rich foods.

  • 4. Lower blood pressure. Just a couple of dates a day provides almost 10% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. Potassium is a vital nutrient to help to regulate the amount of sodium in the bloodstream - too much sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure and can also lead to heart attack and stroke.

  • 5. Dates contain trace amounts of a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins which contribute to overall good health. These include calcium, fluorine, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, selenium, vitamins B1 thiamine, B2 riboflavin, nicotinic acid (niacin) and vitamin A.

  • 6. The price - If you have control! A 500 g pack of dates will give you 9, two-dates-a-day serves and if you do the maths of that you'll find that's a heathier economy than buying that Snickers bar.

  • 7. The taste ! Did I already mention that?

    Comments

    Louisa
    Jul 13 2018 2:48PM
    Thank you for this good information. Personally, I find dates too sweet so rarely use them. But there is a simply delicious recipe in the original Nursing Mothers Cookbook (red cover) called Grandma Roses Date Cake. Has coconut etc & I expect that it could be tweeked to be gluten free. I don't ice it though.
    Comment by: Louisa
    Santa
    Jul 13 2018 3:13PM
    I love dates anytime anywhere and Am lucky to know a sheick who supplies me with organic true date from the Middle East;for Louisa if you enjoy gorgonzola piccante try it with fresh plump dates,
    DELICIOUS!!!
    Comment by: Santa
    Paula
    Jul 14 2018 7:21AM
    I always wonder about the difference between the Medjool dates and the cheaper standard dates. Are they as equally nutritious?
    Comment by: Paula
    Catherine
    Jul 20 2018 2:32PM
    I often wonder about the difference too Paula.
    Comment by: Catherine
    Judy
    Jul 20 2018 4:30PM
    There have been studies done of the GI of various dates and they show slight fluctuations but not much - The fresh ones we can buy are Medjool dates and there are a few brands available. Typically price determines quality - the ones I have bought from Woolworths ( Golden Palm) are not as nice as ones I have bought from Harris Farm markets (Bard Valley) which are nowhere near as nice as those I have bought when they are bought by the kg from good greengrocers
    Comment by: Judy
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