Dates represent high energy fruit, which is grown in tropical areas, and it is believed to originate from Africa and are among the first fruits that man began to grow.
These fruits contain very little fat and protein but rich in carbohydrates. 100 gram dates contain energy value of 314 kcal, and the same amount ensures over 15% of the daily needs of selenium, copper, potassium and magnesium.
The most vitamins are vitamins of group B, and vitamin C. Also, these fruits are rich with dietary fiber (8 g / 100 g), most of which are insoluble, and represent a good source of antioxidants.
Local of fruit contains 44-88% of total sugars (mostly glucose and fructose represented), fat (0.2-0.5%), water (14%) and protein (2.3 to 5.6%) .
From minerals family, dates contain mostly potassium, while others are present in smaller quantities.
It is interesting that dates contain fluoride, which is important for protecting the teeth from decay, and selenium, which strengthens our immune system. Dates even contain 23 amino acid types.
The broad content of different essential nutrients and the positive effects they have on health, make dates to be considered almost like perfect food.
These fruits consumed as snacks, will provide enough energy for the rest of the day, and you and the rest of dried fruit, to be used to prepare a variety of pastries and cakes, which can be a substitute for sugar because of their rich and sweet flavor.
Here’s why the dates are so useful to us:
- an excellent source of iron
- contain vitamins beneficial for eye health
- help stop diarrhea
- on the other hand is hard to cure constipation
- reduce cholesterol
- strengthen heart
- reduce blood pressure
- protect against stroke
- an excellent food for the brain
- act as an energy stimulant
- increase sexual stamina
- ideal food during post
- strengthen tooth enamel due to fluorine