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Date paste is a great substitute for a variety of sweeteners. People who do not want to use sugar in their daily diets can use dates or date paste as a natural and nutritive sweetener instead. Date paste can easily be used as an ingredient for all kinds of cakes and sweets. Dates are the fruit of the palm tree and grow in desert and tropical areas. During the fruit ripening process, sunlight concentrates its natural sugar, giving it a caramel and sweet taste.
Date paste is obtained from a combination of date fruit and water. There must be enough water if we want to have an even and smooth paste. Unlike artificial sweeteners, date paste contains a lot of fiber.
In this article, we will discuss the uses and benefits of date paste in the daily diet.


What is date paste?
Date paste is prepared from a combination of date fruit and water. Date paste contains natural sugars of glucose and fructose types and is a natural sweetener. It is considered a healthy alternative to a variety of artificial sweeteners. It is rich in fiber and protein and has significant amounts of iron and calcium. This is why it is very suitable and ideal to be used in daily diet.

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What are the benefits of date paste?
Date paste has as many benefits as the date fruit:
A.Containing potassium
Date paste, like the date fruit itself, is rich in potassium. Dates have the highest percentage of potassium among dried fruits, vegetables and common sweeteners.
Potassium is an important mineral for health and improves the function of the body's organs. It is as important as iron and calcium for the body. Since the body is unable to produce potassium, it is recommended to have daily consumption of dates and date pastes in the diet in order to absorb more potassium.
 
B.Containing magnesium
Date paste contains high amounts of magnesium and is among the top five sweeteners and fruits containing this mineral.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for the structure of DNA and the effective factor of 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Therefore, daily consumption of date paste has a significant role in the health of the body.

C.Containing antioxidants
Date paste, like date fruit, contains large amounts of antioxidants and therefore has a higher capacity to absorb oxygen radicals as compared with many other dried fruits. It should be noted that adding substances with high antioxidant contents to the daily diet is effective in reducing the risk of cancer.
D.Reducing the risk of osteoporosis
Dates contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, all of which play an important role in strengthening bones. Consumption of date paste can reduce the risk of bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis.
E.Containing high amounts of iron
Dates are rich in iron and are known as a source of plant iron. Consumption of dates and date paste prevents anemia. Vitamin C is very effective for iron absorption, and since dates contain a variety of vitamins, including vitamin C, its consumption is very effective in increasing the body's iron stores.
F.Containing high fiber
Dates are rich in fiber and can aid digestion. Also, the daily consumption of date paste can lead to normal bowel movements, prevent constipation, and improve the function of the digestive system. People who cannot eat fruits in their daily diet due to digestive disorders can put date paste in their food basket with an easy mind.
 
Nutritional value of date paste
Studies show that consumption of 100 grams of date paste provides 314 calories of energy. Date paste also contains significant amounts of minerals, fiber, protein and B vitamins, including thiamine and niacin.
The table below contains the nutritional information of this paste.
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Daily uses of date paste
- A substitute for sweeteners in cake and pastry recipes
- A substitute for honey in salad dressing
- Use as a seasoning for stews, soups or sauces that have a sweet taste.
- Use with toast for breakfast 


Is date paste a good substitute for sugar?
Since dates have a lot of fiber and minerals needed by the body, date paste and juice are useful sweeteners and a good substitute for sugar and even honey. However, it is notable that a cup of dates contains 93 grams of carbohydrates and 404 kcal, so it is better for people affected by diabetes to consume dates and sweeteners in moderation.


How can we substitute date paste for sugar?
As mentioned previously, date paste is a good substitute for sugar and can easily replace any sweetener. When using date paste, it should be noted that this tonic will not taste exactly like sugar, and to increase the sweetness, more amounts of date paste should be used along with date juice.
Date paste is widely used in the preparation of cakes, sweets and cookies and gives a pleasantly softer texture to these foods. If there is a maple syrup or honey in the recipe, 2-3 cups of date paste can replace 1.2 cups of maple syrup or honey.
 

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Homemade date paste recipe
It is very easy to make date paste at home. If fresh and high-quality dates are available, it may take less than 10 minutes to prepare homemade date paste. Be careful to use Shahani dates to prepare date paste.
 Date paste can be prepared in the following two ways:
The first method:
Pour some pitted dates and some water in a food processor with an S-shaped blade and keep mixing them until you have a soft and even paste.
The second method:
If a food processor is not available, you can soak the dates in water the night before so that they can absorb some water and become soft. Then pour the pitted dates into a large bowl and smooth them using a fork. If needed, add some water and keep on doing so until you obtain a smooth and even paste.

How can we store date paste?
To maintain the quality of date paste, it is better to keep it in a cool place. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. If we want to increase its shelf life, the best way is to keep it in small parts in the freezer, in which case there is no need to melt all the frozen date paste and thus reduce its quality.
Conclusion
Date paste is a useful sweetener and a good substitute date sugar in the preparation of cakes and sweets. Since the moderate consumption of dates and their derivatives does not increase blood sugar levels, people suffering from diabetes can easily consume a variety of sweets and foods containing this product. Date paste is very easy to prepare and can be easily prepared with a little date and water. If you want to use ready-made date paste in the market, be careful to choose a product that is not made of sugar.
Our products
The date paste product of Kourosh Dried Fruits and Legumes Company is prepared from the best types of Shahani dates without the use of sugar and oil. If you wish, you can order our product in the desired weight and packaging by filling out the order form. Our sales staff will contact you as soon as possible and send your orders in accordance with the international health protocols.

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