Dates are a nutritional powerhouse
What are the Benefits of Eating Dates?
Adding dates to your diet delivers essential nutrients
Dates contain vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain optimum health. The primary vitamins in dates are the B vitamin family, with vitamin B-6 topping the list. Dates are also an excellent source of minerals with Potassium in the #1 spot. Copper, manganese, calcium phosphorous, iron and zinc complete the mineral profile. Snacking on dates helps build up your body’s mineral stores.
Dates won’t raise blood sugar
People often avoid dates thinking they will raise blood sugar. The May 28, 2011 issue of “Nutrition Journal” reports a study in which date consumption was tested in diabetics. The study shows that while dates contain high amounts of sugars, they are actually a LOW-GLYCEMIC index food and did not significantly raise blood sugar levels when they were eaten.
Dates are loaded with fiber
Fiber is known for it’s ability to help lower cholesterol. A November 2008 issue of “Critical Reviews of Food Science and Nutrition” reports that fiber in dates is primarily insoluble fiber, which binds to fat and cholesterol and carries it out of the body.