Dates, popularly called (Khajoor/Khajur) in Hindi, ‘Kharjuramu‘ in Telugu, ‘Pericham pazham‘ in Tamil, ‘Eenthapazham‘ in Malayalam, ‘Kharjoora‘ in Kannada, ‘Khejoor‘ in Bengali, ‘Khajur‘ in Gujarati and ‘Kharik‘ in Marathi. Dates are eaten as a regular dry fruit by most of the people. They are a very rich source of vitamins and minerals and are very beneficial for the body. People in the Middle East and the Indus Valley used to consume dates as a staple food. It’s a miracle fruit that does us tons of good.
The following nutritional data outlines some of the key nutrients found in dates, and is based on a 100g serving of the fruit.
Fiber – 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.
Date palms, which produce these little beauties, were brought to America’s Western coast by Spanish missionaries in the late 1700s. Medjool dates, which originated in Morocco, were introduced in the U.S. in 1927 when 11 shoots were placed in quarantine in Nevada for seven years. The nine plants that survived were taken to Southern California in 1935, where 24 offshoots were planted in 1944.
Reportedly the most labor intensive to grow and harvest, medjools are not only one of the most prominent varieties – they are the only one that can be picked and eaten fresh.
Top benefits from dates for your health:
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
Another out of the best health benefits of dates that I would like to reveal in this entire article and want you and my other readers to learn and remember to make use is that dates can help to fight against anemia effectively.
Iron deficiency is among the most common causes of low hemoglobin levels – the major trigger factor of anemia. The high iron content of dates can effectively aid in the hemoglobin production so that it can help to treat anemia. Moreover, dates are very high in vitamin C that plays an important role in the body’s iron absorption.
Cholesterol And Fat
Dates are free from cholesterol and do not contain excessive fat amounts.
You can easily substitute fatty food items with dates, which gives you much more nutrition for the same amount of calories.
Good for Heart
Soaking dates at night and eating them crushed in the morning is beneficial for a weak heart. When consumed twice a week, these tiny storehouses of health help in building up the heart. Besides, they are a rich source of potassium which has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke and other heart diseases. They prevent heart disease, heart attack and stroke by reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in the body.