People have used dates from long ago, whether as a quick snack, a sweeteners, or even as a meal. This fruit does not contain cholesterol, and it only contains a small quantity of fat. Dates are efficient energy boosters, and thus they are an excellent snack for the health-conscious. Dates are also a great source of vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B3, and B5, dietary fiber, proteins, potassium (16%), iron (11%), manganese, copper, calcium and magnesium. It contains a lot of soluble and insoluble fibers and amino acids which can help you improve your digestion.
Moreover, one cup of dates contains about 29 mg of fructose and a high glycemic index, thus dates can considerably increase the levels of the sugar in your blood. However, why is that numerous people who choose to get rid of the excess sugars from their diet and life still eat dates? Well, as it appears, dates are naturally abundant in nutritive ingredients even though they are rich in fructose, meaning that there is a trade-off. According to many, dates are the perfect food.
By consuming only three dates a day, you will make these five things happen:
1. Improve Digestive Health
Dates have plenty of soluble fiber, which is necessary for the wellbeing of your digestive system, because it draws water to the digestive tract, – hence is a potential relief from constipation. Dates contain great quantities of potassium as well, and thus help in treating diarrhea and an upset stomach.
2. Help And Prevent Anemia
Anemia is a condition caused by low levels of iron, and it is a common issue amongst many people. The most susceptible groups of people to this condition are women and athletes. Anemia causes the person suffering from it to be continually exhausted, but, luckily, we have dates to rescue us, because they contain great amounts of sugar in their content.
3. Bone, Blood And Immune System Health
Dates are rich in manganese, magnesium and selenium, the minerals which are most essential for keeping the bones and the blood healthy and strong. Dates do not work only as a good and suitable snack, but as keepers of the strength of our body as well.
4. Energy Boost
Dates are abundant in natural sugars, such as glucose, fructose and sucrose. If you think that this is scary, take in consideration the fact that they are also full of fiber, just like the other fruits. Fibers are great for maintaining the energy levels up without the crash that you would normally experience from any other sweet treat.
5. Heart Health
Dates contain plenty of potassium, and this is good for protection of the heart health. It lowers the risk of stroke and it also lowers the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, also known as the bad cholesterol. Dates are really healthy snack for your heart.
How To Use Dates
Dates can be used in various ways, not only as a snack. They can be used in raw deserts, in smoothies, salad dressings or you can make date syrup using dates.
Dates are also great when added to a raw chocolate bar.
Do not be surprised about the date-chocolate combination and about the fact that the dates are getting even sweeter.
We give you a recipe of a raw, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, protein-rich, healthy energy date chocolate bar for you to prepare.
-1/8 cup of dates, chopped
-1/8 cup of raw cacao powder
-1/8 cup of slivered raw almonds
-One drop of vanilla or almond extract
-One teaspoon of cinnamon
-1/8 cup of pecans, chopped into tiny pieces
-1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
-Optional ingredients: cacao nibs, coconut flakes and greater amount of cinnamon
Put the coconut oil in a bowl or another container and then add the cacao powder and the cinnamon to it. Mix well.
Put the mixture into a sheet for baking cookies and cover it with wax paper.
Dust the dates, the pecans, the cacao nibs and the almonds over the mixture.
Store it in the refrigerator until it becomes hard. This chocolate bar is served chilled as well. The chocolate bar should remain stored in the fridge, because the coconut oil melts in warm room temperature.
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