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10 Benefits of Adding Dates to Your Diet

Thursday, April 12, 2018 15:56
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10 Benefits of Adding Dates to Your Diet

They are dark, chewy, sticky, and sweet but they are delicious; dates are something that we all die for. But did you ever know that they just don’t pacify your sweet tooth but provide a number of health benefits? Immunity boosting dates are high in potassium; supply slow-release sugars and provide a range of other essential nutrients.

Originated in the Persian Gulf, dates keep us fit and healthy. Its unending health benefits are the reasons to add more of them in your daily diet; added bonus, they are super tasty and you can relish them anytime of the day. Add Dates to your shopping list and avail discounts on groceries that you can relish on your online orders.If you haven’t been able to figure out how to add dates or khajur in your daily diet, then, we list down some interesting ways other than just consuming them as it is.

1. Prevent Several Diseases

Dates improve digestive health. The date pulp extract stimulates the gastrointestinal transit activity and can aid in treating constipation. The pulp of the fruit achieves this by correcting the mineral content deregulation that occurs during constipation. The fibres in dates were also found to prevent cancers of the digestive system. Dates are an excellent source of iron, so adding dates to one’s diet can help treat anaemia. Also, the potassium found in dates reduces stroke risk and lower down cholesterol levels.

2. Energy Boosters

Need a quick energy dose and running out of time? Well, dates to your rescue. Dates are filled with natural sugars. These include fructose, sucrose, and glucose. This makes them a perfect afternoon snack if one needs a quick energy boost. The fibre in the dates keeps power up without the crash one would typically experience from any other sweet treat. Skip the energy bar/ aerated sugar drink and eat a couple of dates instead.

3. Shake It Or Bake It

Wondering how to remix the dates? a) Shake it b) bake it: The natural sweetness of dates makes for an excellent shake that will be hard to resist. Remember to not add sugar as dates will add up to the sweetness required. (Note: Don’t forget to remove the seeds from the dates or khajur). You can even bake it. Add its goodness in cakes, breads, cookies, pies and cupcakes and you’re ready to go. The enhanced flavour of these baked goods will leave you asking for more.

4. Promote Weight Gain

Sounds like an absurd benefit? Of course, who would want to gain weight? But yes, if you are too skinny and are looking to put on some pounds, dates could be one of the additions to your diet. The sugar, proteins, and other vitamins in the fruit help in weight gain, especially when you need it. Incidentally, it’s said that when eaten with cucumber, dates help to keep your weight at a normal level.

5. Enhances Your Skin

Dates contain vitamins C and D that work on the skin and provides nourishment. The fruits can also help combat skin issues – Don’t trust us? Try it yourself by incorporating dates into your diet. Dates also come with anti-aging benefits.

We know that hormones play a major role in skin aging and appearance. The extract from the dates can combat wrinkles too.

6. Protect Your Locks

Dates are equally beneficial for your hair. Dates are rich in iron and hence provide good blood circulation in the scalp and promote hair growth. This happens as oxygen is properly dispersed to your entire body, your scalp included. Vitamin B5 present in dates is helpful in maintaining the health of our tresses. By including this super food in your daily diet, you can prevent a number of hair problems like brittle hair, split ends, and so on. This ultimately prevents hair loss and stimulates new hair growth.

7. Go For Healthy Pregnancy

We are yet not done with the benefits of dates. Know a pregnant woman around? Just let this be known to her that dates support healthy pregnancy. One-way dates help pregnant women is through their calories. This is where dates can help. Though a little high in calories, they are immensely nutrient-dense. Some studies also suggest that consuming dates in the last four weeks before labour can produce more favourable outcomes.

8. Fixes Hangovers

While we haven’t exactly tried it out, but it’s said that dates are an excellent way to control inebriation. And similarly, it also helps to cure hangovers. Dates contain potassium, an important electrolyte that is often depleted due to alcohol’s diuretic effect.But for best results, you have to rub the skin a bit, and soak it in water overnight and then eat it.

9. Help Curing Allergies

Dates have several health benefits including it helps in the treatment of various skin allergies. Dates are a great option to add sulphur to the diet and prevent allergies. Dates also have organic sulphur that can be easily absorbed into the system. Sulphur is not that common among common cooking ingredients. Dates are recommended by doctors in order to increase body resistance to allergies and infections. During the time of seasonal allergies, those who are prone can tackle the problem by eating dates and getting a good supply of sulphur.

10. Improve Metabolism

By consuming milk and dates at the same times, it can benefit to improve metabolism. It brings enough oxygen level to help with better metabolism system. Another benefit of dates is to bring a good strength of the teeth. With high calcium level it can help toothache and avoid caries in the teeth.

Still waiting to buy those dates? Make it soon and enjoy a lovely dates’ date with your loved ones!



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