Date fruit is an incredible food source – it’s hard to believe that such a small fruit can contain so much goodness for our bodies. Traditional and wholesome, the date fruit is jam packed with a multitude of different vitamins, such as vitamin B, which plays an important role in energy production.
If you’re feeling a bit run down, or need to regain energy after a workout, dates are a great way to regain lost energy, as well as provide our bodies with essential minerals such as magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, sucrose, fructose, glucose and fibre which are not only great energy boosters, but help to strengthen our immune system and oxygen transportation – keeping our bodies in great working order.
In fact, did you know that the date fruit as a complete foodstuff is often referred to as the ‘bread of the dessert’ because of its sustaining ability which has stopped people from starving in the vast and barren desert?
What’s more, not only does date fruit contain so much good stuff, but it doesn’t contain any of the bad stuff. Dates are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, thus helping to maintain blood pressure and promote heart health, whilst also reducing our risk of heart disease or stroke. There’s also oil, calcium, sulphur and phosphorous in dates too – all beneficial to a healthy body.
The benefits don’t end there – dates are also a known laxative agent and can help to relieve constipation and, perhaps most impressive of all, studies have also found that date fruits are a useful tool in preventing abdominal cancer – a huge accolade for such a small fruit! There are so much reasons to eat date fruit as part of a healthy, balanced diet - just make sure to you wash them thoroughly before consuming as their sticky surface can often attract impurities.
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