With these dates….
Yep. I’m forever alone, just chewing on these dates. Which is a better date than any date with some random person that brings up the feels anyways.
So what are dates good for, you ask? Here’s a few interesting facts about eating dates.
They help maintain sugar levels: They are a good substitute for white sugar as they are free of sodium, cholesterol and fats. But remember, their calorific value is higher than other fruits so too much can lead to weight gain.
They aid digestion: I have a dysfunctional digestive system called IBS [see wiki for more info]. There isn’t really a cure for what I have. There’s loads of medication out there though. But, the several chemicals I’ve tried in my life only seemed to make the problems worse in the end [for me anways]. Thus I figured to go back to nature. These dates are rich in fiber, which means they are good for our digestive system and bowel movements. It also means, they prevent the build-up of LDL cholesterol which can put your heart health at risk by increasing your chances of getting hypertension, stroke, heart disease, etc. They are not just nice and sweet treats to me, they really help improve my digestive system.
Prevents anaemia: Iron is an essential nutrient required by our body to prevent anaemia. It helps our red blood cells carry oxygen better to various body parts which help in their better functioning. Lack of iron can leave you feeling fatigued even after doing the smallest of tasks. Eating dates can beat this deficiency.
Lowers risk of heart disease: Dates contain about 656 mg of potassium per 100g which makes them a powerhouse of potassium. According to WHO guidelines, an adult should consume 3,510 mg of potassium every day. Lower levels of which can make one more susceptible to high blood pressure, stroke, etc.
Improves overall health: Apart from all the above, dates are also rich in other essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium and vitamin B6. Both magnesium and calcium are needed by the body for proper bone growth while vitamin B6 is needed to break down protein, maintain normal levels of nerve function.