Nutritional and functional properties of dates: a review
By: The Food CoachDate flesh is low in fat and protein but high in sugars, particularly fructose and glucose.
It is a high source of energy: 100 g of flesh can provide an average of 314 kcal.
Ten minerals were reported, the major ones being selenium, copper, potassium, and magnesium.
The consumption of 100g of dates can provide
over 15% of the recommended daily allowance from these minerals.
Vitamins B-complex and C are the major vitamins in
dates. High in dietary fiber (8.0 g/100 g), insoluble dietary fiber was the major fraction of dietary fiber in dates.
Dates are a good source of antioxidants, mainly carotenoids and phenolics. Date seeds contain higher protein (5.1g/100g) and fat (9.0 g/100 g) as compared to the flesh.
It is also high in dietary fiber (73.1g/100g) & antioxidants (80400 micromol/100g).
Source: Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2008 Nov;48(10):877-87.
Al-Farsi MA, Lee CY.
Department of Food Science and Technology, Cornell University, Geneva, NY 14456, USA.
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