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The best time to eat dates + Benefits of Dates

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Benefits of Dates
Date fruits are very sweet and can be used in a variety of foods. They have long been of high value and a part of the food basket in many Middle Eastern cultures and religions. However, this tropical fruit is nowadays consumed throughout the world. Dates contain high amounts of fiber and nutrients such as iron, calcium, etc. and can be eaten both dry and fresh. Yet, it is easier to prepare dried dates which can be used alone or in salads, smoothies, desserts, etc.
Our experts have explained in this article all the benefits of dates and how to consume them. If you get persuaded to buy dates after reading this article, you can register your order by filling out the application form, so that our experts can contact you within the shortest time possible and send your orders.
Date Nutrition
Dates are very nutritious and have so many health benefits that they can be called a "super fruit". Dates can be prepared easily in all organic product stores. Medjool and Deglet Noor are the most popular types of dates. Dried dates contain higher amounts of calories than fresh ones. It is noteworthy that most of the calories in dates are carbohydrates.
100 grams of dates contain the following nutrients:

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Dates also contain large amounts of antioxidants that play a very important role in health.
They are usually small and can be eaten in large quantities in one meal, although it is better to eat them in moderation because they contain high amounts of natural sugar, calories and fiber.


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Health Benefits of Dates

Dates are very nutritious and are usually eaten dry. They have a low glycemic index and are effective in preventing high blood sugar after eating food. Here are some other health benefits of dates:
-Large amounts of nutrients: Dates contain large amounts of fiber, antioxidants, minerals and a variety of vitamins, including K and A. However, it should be noted
that dates are a type of dried fruits and have higher calories than fresh fruits.

-High fiber: Fiber in the daily diet plays an important role in the body's health. Its consumption causes regular bowel movements, prevents constipation, and leads to gastrointestinal health. Moreover, it slows down the digestion process, unlike other sweet foods, thus helping store energy in the body for a longer time.

-Large amounts of antioxidants: Antioxidants protect cells against free radicals that cause harmful reactions in the body. Dates contain higher levels of antioxidants than similar types of dried fruits such as figs and prunes. Antioxidants in dates include flavonoids (effective in reducing inflammation, the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancers), carotenoids (effective in increasing heart health and reducing the risk of eye disorders), and phenolic acid (effective in reducing cancer and inflammation).

-Strengthening brain health: Experiments have shown that eating dates reduces the risk of brain problems and helps improve the brain function. Animal studies have revealed that dates reduce the activity of amyloid beta proteins. This protein causes plaque to accumulate in the brain, disrupting communication between brain cells and eventually leading to brain cell death and Alzheimer's disease.
Other studies on animals have demonstrated that the mice fed with dates had better memory and greater learning ability than other mice (Strengthening the brain through antioxidant flavonoid contained in dates). However, human studies are needed to confirm the role of dates in brain health.

- Contributing to bone health: Dates contain various minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium, which have been proven to prevent osteoporosis in animals. However, more experiments are needed to ensure its effective role in humans.

- Preventing nyctalopia: Vitamin A deficiency, eye dryness and eye infections cause nyctalopia.   According to Hajar Al Binali, dates are rich in carotenoids and can help prevent nyctalopia and help save vision.

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How to eat dates?

Dates are a natural source of natural sugar or fructose. Therefore, they have a sweet and caramel taste. The nutrients, fiber and antioxidants in dates make it a great substitute for white sugar in a variety of recipes. A good idea is to prepare date paste or date syrup from dates and use them in foods instead of artificial sweeteners. It is recommended to substitute date sugar for sugar in a 1:1 ratio. For example, if there is 1 cup of sugar in the recipe, it can be replaced with 1 cup of date paste.
-Date syrup is the healthiest and most nutritious sweetener in all kinds of salad dressings and marinades. It can also be added safely in the preparation of smoothies and breakfast cereals.
-Dates can be stuffed with almonds, soft cheeses or pistachios and used as a snack or finger food. Chopped dates can also be added to a variety of salads.
-Dates can be used in preparing healthy and nutritious snacks such as crackers, snack bars and energy balls because of their sticky texture and natural sugar.
-Dates are used in Morocco in the preparation of a variety of stews and tagines. The most delicious of them is the lamb and date tagine.
      

The best time to eat dates

It may be interesting to know that the human body gets ready to digest food before eating. In fact, certain digestive enzymes are released in the mouth and the process continues during digestion. Thus, it cannot be said definitely that there is a wrong time to eat food. However, the most ideal times to eat dates are described below.

At breakfast: Consuming dates at breakfast can give you a feeling of satiety for a longer time due to their high amount of natural sugar and fiber.
As a snack: Dates are rich in natural sugars and fiber and prevent a sudden rise in blood sugar. Consuming it in the evening or as snack increases energy, but like other sugars, it does not cause a sudden drop in energy.
When feeling hungry: Sometimes you feel hungry during the day but you are not ready to eat a complete meal, at which time eating dates can help you easily absorb the fiber, carbohydrates and proteins your body needs.
Before exercise: Dates are a rich source of natural sugars, but their carbohydrates are slowly released in the body and retain energy in the body for a long time. Therefore, it is recommended that you consume 2 to 4 dates 30 minutes before exercise so that the energy your body needs can be supplied.
Before bed: The high Fiber in dates makes you not feel hungry during the night. Therefore, you are recommended to eat one or two dates before going to bed so that you will need no food during the night.

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When should we avoid eating dates?

Although dates have many benefits and their consumption is usually without side effects, it is better to avoid consuming them when you have any of the following problems:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): People with IBS are unable to digest foods containing FODMAP short-chain carbohydrates. Fructose can also cause tympanites and upset stomach. Therefore, you had better avoid eating dates if you have this syndrome.
Susceptibility to dates: Only in very rare cases has susceptibility to date been reported. If you experience allergic reactions to dates, it is best to consult a nutritionist before eating them.
Diarrhea: Dates contain a type of sugar alcohol called sorbitol. Sorbitol increases bowel movements in some people. Therefore, it is recommended to limit or avoid eating dates until you have regular bowel movements.

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