Originating from the Middle East, the Date comes to the United States as a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants.
One of the benefits of the date is its’ high fiber content. While fiber is good for you, the fiber of a date is different. Meg Campbell, working in the fitness and health industries, says this about the fiber in dates:
“This type of soluble fiber is particularly beneficial, as it promotes normal blood glucose levels, blocks the absorption of cholesterol and increases the size of stools. Beta-D-glucan also slows digestion in the stomach, thereby contributing to long-term satiety.”
Other benefits of the date include the incredible amount of minerals and vitamins. Here is a list of some of the minerals and vitamins of the date with their benefits for you.
Potassium: vital electrolyte which promotes healthy cell functions.
Manganese: contributes to healthy bones, assists in metabolism, formation of tissues, and assists in proper functions of glands and blood sugar and glucose levels.
Copper: important in healthy blood functions, aids in iron absorption, keeps muscles and nerves healthy.
Magnesium: is beneficial to many biochemical reactions including nerve and muscle function. Also contributes to a healthy immune system and heart. Magnesium also helps in production of protein and energy.
Calcium: important to bone growth and healthy muscle contraction.
Iron: vital to healthy blood and transporting oxygen throughout the body.
Vitamin K: vital to healthy blood clotting.
Vitamin B6: contributes to overall well being in the body, but specifically turns food into energy, and is important for healthy brain function.
Folate: needed for DNA creation and helps cells divide.
With all of the benefits of the date, what’s not to love? Well, some people aren’t a big fan of the taste/texture of the date.
Here are some fun popular ways to eat the date:
Check out The Blissful Balance, for this awesome peanut butter date cookie. It only has 4 ingredients so what’s not to love! Plus they are sugar and gluten free.
Head on over to Six Sisters Stuff for their gluten free date brownies. There stuff is bound to be delicious.
An easy way to snack on dates without baking is to remove the pit and insert a salted nut, my favorite is the macadamia nut! A perfect combination of sweet and salty and so easy!
Any time I make a veggie smoothie, I always add dates. It makes for the perfect amount of subtle sweet that creates the perfect tasting smoothing, no matter how green my smoothie is!
Let me know how you like to enjoy the date, and I’ll throw your ideas up!