Health Benefits of Dates – Promoting Heart, Brain, and Digestive Health

by EzekielDiet.com
Posted on Dec 17, 2015

medjool date pecan pieEZ Diet Comment:  Medjool Dates have a caramel-like texture and taste. Reminds me of little Whitman box candy, I refer to them as God’s candy that grows on trees. I’ve been consuming a lot of Medjool Dates lately for my fruit requirements. I buy $6 to $7 worth a couple times a week now.

I hand pick them from boxes similar to the one below. I discovered that Dates at the bottom of the box are moist because they’ve been covered. As a result I keep them in the produce baggy at home to keep them from drying out. I’m looking for dates that glisten meaning they’re juicier and sweeter and aged just right. I also look for the translucent look like the one pictured above. Some are better than others, you can get different textures and ripeness in the same batch. A perfect Medjool Date is wet and sticky gooey inside.

I’ll grab one with a cup of coffee two or three times every morning. Slice them in half for two small snacks, or slice one side open to remove the pit and add a small chunk of dark chocolate, or a pinch of finely shredded organic coconut, or walnuts or pecans, then close the date back up and enjoy. For a healthier Snicker’s bar substitute shake a small amount of walnut or pecan topping into your palm, fill the inside of the date, then add a small chunk of dark chocolate, close it back up and enjoy. Or add a whole pecan for a mini pecan pie. These are my snacks of choice now.

It just occurred to me recently this is an item I can buy online cheaper and have them shipped. Check out this Amazon link for organic Medjool Dates in the same container as pictured below. They last for months sitting out on a kitchen counter in a glass container.  This is an item you can keep in a desk drawer at work in Tupperware or a baggy. I can guarantee no co-workers will bother them because they look like a big brown raisin, (or a giant booger : ). I rarely find a cashier who know what they are at checkout.

Health Benefits of Dates – Promoting Heart, Brain, and Digestive Health

by Mike Barrett

A product of the date palm and cultivated since approximately 6000 B.C, the date fruit is one of the sweetest fruits around and also happens to come in many different varieties. Although dates can be eaten fresh, the fruit is very often dried, resembling raisins or plums. But whether fresh or dry, the health benefits of dates are still just as plentiful.

Nutritional Content of Dates

If you’re looking for fiber, potassium, or copper, look no further than dates. While dates are rich in many vital nutrients and therefore offer many health benefits, the fruit is so small that you’ll need to consume a larger quantity to intake the necessary amount.

The following nutritional data outlines some of the key nutrients found in dates, and is based on a 100g serving of the fruit.

MedjoolFiber – 6.7 grams. 27% RDA.

Potassium – 696 milligrams. 20% RDA.

Copper – 0.4 milligrams. 18% RDA.

Manganese – 0.3 milligrams. 15% RDA.

Magnesium – 54 milligrams. 14% RDA.

Vitamin B6 – 0.2 milligrams. 12% RDA.

Note: Dates are high in sugar content – coming in at a whopping 66.5 grams per 100 gram serving of the fruit. It is recommended to lessen sugar consumption as much as possible, even when the sugar is being consumed from fruit.

EZ Diet Note:  I don’t fully agree with the prior sentence. Although Medjool Dates are high in sugar the Glycemic Index is considered low at between 43 to 55.  When God designed fruit with sugar there’s always enough fiber to lessen the impact on human blood sugar levels. Plus one Medjool Date is only 20 calories. A small chunk of dark chocolate is between 5 to 10 calories. I wouldn’t have more than a few a day while in weight loss mode. Substitute two or three for a fruit serving either mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

Check out the USDA Nutrient Database for a full nutritional profile of dates.

The Known Health Benefits of Dates – What the Date Fruit Has to Offer

Dates aren’t exactly a nutritional powerhouse when compared to some other foods like kiwi or sesame seeds, but the fruit does still offer numerous health benefits along with great taste. Here are some health benefits of dates.

1. Promoting Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation – Fiber is essential for promoting colon health and making for regular bowel movements. The insoluble and soluble fiber found in dates help to clean out the gastrointestinal system, allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency. Some other benefits relating to fiber and colon health are reduced risks of colitis, colon cancer, and hemorrhoids. (Dates could even be coupled with other home remedies for hemorrhoids.)

2. Boosting Heart Health – In addition to promoting colon health, fiber is also known to boost heart health.

3. Anti-Inflammatory – Dates are rich in magnesium – a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. One study found that “inflammatory indicators in the body such as CRP (C-reactive protein), TNF (tumor necrosis factor alpha), and IL6 (interleukin 6) were all reduced when magnesium intake was increased.” Further, inflammation in the arterial walls was also reduced with magnesium intake. Based on magnesium’s anti-inflammatory properties and the findings of this study, magnesium can effectively reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other inflammation-related health ailments.

4. Reduced Blood Pressure – Magnesium has been shown to help lower blood pressure – and again, dates are full of the mineral. Additionally, potassium is another mineral in dates that has several functions within the body, aiding with the proper workings of the heart and helping to reduce blood pressure.

5. Reduced Stroke Risk – After evaluating 7 studies published over a 14 year time period, researchers found stroke risk was reduced by 9% for every every 100 milligrams of magnesium a person consumes per day. The research can be found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

6. A Healthy Pregnancy and Delivery – Further adding to the health benefits of dates, one study performed by researchers at the University of Science and Technology set out to discover how the date fruit impacted labor parameters and delivery outcomes. After studying 69 women for a year and 1 month, the researchers found that “the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. The results warrant a randomised controlled trial.”

7. Boosting Brain Health – Some studies, such as one found in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that sufficient vitamin B6 levels are associated with improved brain performance and better test scores.

A Summary of Dates Health Benefits: Dates are Great for:

Weight loss

Relieving constipation, supporting regular bowel movements

Promoting heart health, reducing heart disease risk

Diarrhea

Iron-deficiency anemia

Reducing blood pressure

Impotence

Promoting respiratory and digestive health

Pregnancy deliveries

Hemorrhoid prevention

Chronic conditions such as arthritis

Reducing colitis risk

Preventing colon cancer

Remember to share all of the health benefits of dates with your friends and family!

Additional Sources:

NutritionData.Self

Wikipedia

mike barrettAbout Mike Barrett: Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

Source article:  http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-dates-7-reasons-eat-date-fruit/

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