Dates

Monday, 29 August 2016 16:32

MEANING OF DATES?

Botanically; they are the fruits grow on the palm tree belonging to the family of Arecaceae, in the genus: Phoenix, and scientifically named as Phoenix dactylifera. The tree is believed to originate in the lands on the banks of Nile and Euphrates Rivers of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Date palm is now grown extensively for its edible fruits under warmer climates across all the continents.

WHY DATES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

  • Prevents abdominal cancer.
  • Promote healthy bowel movements & control diarhea.
  • Strengthen the bones.
  • Provide energy for anemic patients
  • Diminish allergic reactions.
  • Maintain healthy weights.
  • Great energy booster
  • Boost the nervous system and increase stamina
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Lower night blindness.
  • Dates are an excellent source ofiron, carry 0.90 mg/100 g of fruits (about 11% of RDI). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

Nutritional Value of Dates

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. It’s a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

The massive health benefits of dates have made them one of the best ingredients for muscle development. People consume dates in several ways, such as mixing the paste of the dates with almonds, pistachio, walnut and many more different types of nuts and also coat it with chocolate to make them even more delicious. The paste is beneficial for both adults and children, especially during a time of recovery from injury or illness.

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