“He it is Who produces trellised and unrallied gardens, and date-palms, and crops, all varying in taste, and the olive and the pomegranate, similar and dissimilar. Eat of the fruit each of when it bears fruit, and pay His due on the day of harvesting, but be not extravagant. Surely, He loves not the extravagant.” (The Holy Quran: Chapter 6, Verse 142).
Salam guys! How are you?
As Ramadhan is reaching its last few days, I wanted to talk about the amazing health benefits of dates.
If you guys have never tried them, I highly suggest you go buy a box and taste them. They are not only sweet and delicious, but also great for you. You’ll thank me later 😉 Usually, fresh dates are available from August to December, though you can purchase dried dates any time of the year. As for calorie counts, a 3.5 ounce serving of dried dates contains about 284 calories, while a 3.5 ounce serving of of fresh dates contains about 142 calories.
During Ramadhan, Muslims break their fast with dates for many reasons, one being that it quickly increases blood sugar levels and provides a burst of energy. It was also a practice of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to open his fast with dates and water. In a Hadith he said, “If you have a date, break your fast with it, if you don’t have it, break the fast with water as it is purifying.” (Abu Dawood)
Ok…let’s get on to why dates are amazing, and why I’ll continue eating them even after Ramadhan finishes.
They are a rich source of fiber and potassium (more than bananas), which helps keep us full, lowers blood cholesterol (LDLs), and helps with digestive health and any constipation issues. Healthy amounts of fiber and potassium are also great with helping to control blood pressure levels, and for regulating blood sugar levels.
They are a great source of minerals, which is great for strengthening our bones. Dates have tons of magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, and vitamin B6.
They are rich in iron, which helps people like me who have anemia.
They help prevent clogged arteries because they are high in antioxidants and phenolic acids.
They have anti-inflammatory properties, so people with arthritis or cardiovascular disease can benefit from adding dates to their diet.
They are beneficial for pregnant woman because they can provide a lot of nutrition to help the body prepare for labor.
Ways I like to eat dates:
- Just as they are.
- Taking out their pits and filling them with almonds or walnuts.
- Making a milkshake (milk and/or yogurt, dates, and honey).
- Cutting them up and adding them in a salad.
- Using them in trail mix.
Side note: People with diabetes should be careful with how many dates they eat because of its high levels of sugar. I try to eat a maximum of 3 or 4.
I hope you guys found this beneficial. Let me know if you guys like dates and if you haven’t tasted them, go try them out and tell me how you like them!