Dates, from assisting recovery from a wicked hangover to increasing sexual stamina read on for more

English: A branch of Hamraya, Tunisian dates ا...

English: A branch of Hamraya, Tunisian dates العربية: شمروخ من الحمراية أحد أنواع التمور التونسية (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dates are vitamin, mineral and fibre rich, composed of vitamin A1, a slew of essential B’s, C, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sulphur and zinc

Wellness

Dates are the fruit of the date palm, a tree native to the Middle Eastern desert, but beloved the world round for their portable, plump sweetness and their wide array of superior health benefits including but not limited to

Anemia Due to their high iron content, consuming dates is an extremely effective treatment for anemia

Blood sugar The abundance of fibre in dates helps balance the body’s blood sugar levels

Cancer prevention Dates are purported to help stave off abdominal, breast, colon, lung, and pancreatic cancers in part due to their high content of vitamin A

Digestive health Dates, particularly if one soaks them overnight and consumes them in the morning, can ease constipation. Dates are known to fight off pathogenic organisms in the intestines and promote the growth of helpful bacteria. The abundance of potassium in dates can also help control diarrhea

Fibre Dates are a phenomenal means of getting your daily intake of fiber with an impressive 1.6 grams in one date alone! This fiber will help keep you regular and flush out your system from all sorts of unwanted toxins

Healthy vision Daily ingestion of dates supports healthy vision and can prevent night blindness and macular degeneration in the elderly

Heart health Dates fortify the heart. They are high in fibre and potassium and low in fat and sodium and can fight off heart disease, lower bad cholesterol, or LDL, regulate the heart rate and decrease high blood pressure

Intoxication For those suffering from a wicked hangover, dates are an effective means to reducing that particular brand of “discomfort.”

Nervous system Dates are plentiful in potassium and low in sodium, which assists in the regulation of a healthy nervous system

Stroke Higher potassium intake, as can be achieved by regularly eating dates, has been said to reduce the likelihood of suffering a stroke

Sexual health Who knew that these robust little fruits could increase sexual stamina, particularly when soaked overnight in goat’s milk.

Strong bones and teeth Dates are a fantastic source of calcium and magnesium, both of which helps cultivate strong bones and teeth

Beauty

Antioxidant properties The wealth of antioxidant vitamin A in dates combats cell-damaging free radicals and is absolutely essential for healthy, glowing skin

Healthy teeth Dates contain fluorine, which helps arrest tooth decay

Weight Loss

Fibre This wonderfully delicious, low calorie and easily portable and poppable snack contributes readily digestible and removable bulk to your diet regime and can assist in healthy weight loss

Hunger Dates curtail feelings of hunger and award the sensation of fullness

Energy Dates are phenomenal energy boosters as they contain all natural sugars such as fructose, glucose and sucrose. Dates significantly boost energy within a half hour of eating them, which makes them the perfect workout companion

Cooking

Dates can be eaten raw, soaked overnight, pureed, sautéed, mashed into a paste or creatively transformed into outstanding appetizers, rich sauces and delightful confections

Dates should ultimately be purchased when they appear plump and shiny

Home cooks can construct scrumptious canapés for their next cocktail party by stuffing dates with part skim ricotta cheese, wrapping them in prosciutto or bacon and baking them. The sublime combo of sweet and salty will be sure to impress your guests

Dates are wonderful sweet little compliments and textural additions to healthy, gourmet salads, couscous and curry dishes

Dates can be soaked and then either pureed or simmered down into rich, aromatic sauces and glistening glazes for your favorite protein such as pork tenderloin

Due to their natural sweetness, dates are often used to make tantalizing sweet treats such as good old-fashioned date squares or date nut bread, pies, cookies, cakes, pudding and smoothies

Interesting fact about dates: Date palm trees are the oldest trees on historical record, with some sources dating them all the way back to 4000 B.C.!

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