Here’s why you need to have dates

Dates are the fruit of palm trees, which grow primarily in dry, arid regions. Packed with minerals, fibre, and vitamins, they are widely recommended for people of all ages. A study conducted some years back, and published in the British publication, Nutrition Journal, states that while dates contain high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually a low-glycemic index food and do not significantly raise blood sugar levels. Dates are particularly useful for women as they address several health issues that are more likely to be faced by the female population.

Here are some of the main benefits of consuming dates.

  • Boost in energy

Being rich in natural sugars, including glucose, fructose, and sucrose, dates are an energy-boosting snack. Say bye bye to those energy bars that you might be in the habit of having while on the go, and eat a few dates instead. The fibres present in them will boost your energy and enable you to stay active through the day.

  • Improvement of digestion

Dates are good digestive tract balancers – they have a high content of soluble fibres that improve your digestive system. Soluble fibres help in drawing water into the digestive tract, thus relieving constipation. A sufficient intake of fibres is essential for promoting colon health and regularizing the bowel movement. Dates, thus, help to reduce the risk of colon cancer, colitis, and even hemorrhoids. Besides, dates contain potassium, which helps to combat diarrhoea. They also boost good bacteria in the gut.

  • Prevention and treatment of anaemia

Since dates are rich in iron, they are good for preventing and treating anaemia, which is a common problem faced by women. If you consume dates regularly, your haemoglobin levels will be boosted within a short while.

  • Strengthening of bones

Dates are packed with essential minerals such as selenium, manganese and magnesium. These minerals are necessary for the development and maintenance of strong and healthy bones. Regular consumption of dates will help you to ward off osteoporosis later on in life.

  • Reduction of risk of stroke

The potassium in dates can reduce the risk of strokes by lowering the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL is the bad cholesterol that collects on the walls of blood vessels, causing blockages. Dates, thus, minimize your chances of having a heart attack.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and indulge yourself.

 

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