A-Z of Superfoods: Dates

A-Z of Superfoods: Dates

Whether you enjoy dates as a post-workout snack, as part of your breakfast or as an essential ingredient in your favourite cake or bake, you can be safe in the knowledge you’re enjoying a truly healthy and nutritious treat. As the graphic above shows, there are plenty of great things about dates.

As the infographic shows the exotic Middle Eastern date is packed full of goodness. From its surprisingly high protein count to its low fat levels every mouthful will be satisfying without causing too many detrimental effects to your body.

The first big plus point of dates is that they’re a natural sweetener and this means they can be used in many instances as a replacement for sugar. Rather than adding sugar or sweeteners to a smoothie or cake, you could pop in some dates and get the natural sugar injection rather than artificial. The natural sugar also provides an entirely natural energy boost for your body, making them a great choice for breakfast or before working out.

As the graphic also shows dates have that unusually high fibre count which is great for your digestive system and again, a fantastic choice for after working out as your body craves a protein hit to repair your damaged muscles.

Dates are also packed full of healthy potassium and magnesium and the magnesium in particular has been researched in depth and studies have found it both helps to reduce blood pressure and reduce stroke risk, meaning dates really can help keep your body at its best.

Some new research in the last few months as also found exactly how fantastic dates can be for boosting your heart health, especially when paired with another superfood, pomegranates. Research recently published found that not only can a combination of pomegranates and dates reduce arterial cholesterol, it can help stave off heart disease in general!

Whether you enjoy your dates in a healthy carrot cake smoothie or snack on them for a quick hit of energy, you can enjoy your dates guilt free!


The Author

Bethan Townsend

Beth has a genuine interest in healthier lifestyles and nutrition. She has no time for fad diets but is keen to find new and exciting ways of enjoying food without piling on the pounds. Any spare time she has is spent getting out and about with her family, enjoying the health benefits of the great outdoors on bike rides and walks.

Comments

Matthew C.
17 June 2015

Matthew C.

I have heard the raisins are actually good for your teeth, even though they're sticky., so i wonder if dates are the same? Saying that, I wouldn't want to nibble on dates like I do with raisins. They're too ...datey...

Tanya M.
15 June 2015

Tanya M.

I've never liked dates as a snack but I do enjoy them as a replacement for other sugars/syrup when baking. Like Emma says though, I worry about my teeth!

craig t.
9 June 2015

craig t.

Dates always remind me of Christmas. And that was the only time we had them when I was younger. They are much more common now.

Mike D.
9 June 2015

Mike D.

Well I have to be honest, I have never ever thought of putting dates into a smoothie. So that's one to try. Mind you, I probabaly prefer to nibble on them whole with some nuts.

Emma C.
8 June 2015

Emma C.

Dates are very high in sugar and terrible for your teeth, but they are nutritious. I would rather my kids eat some date and walnut cake than flapjacks made with golden syrup and sugar.

Clare R.
8 June 2015

Clare R.

can somebody explain the nutritional difference between sugar from fruit and sugar from, er, the sugar bowl? I thought they were chemically the same but maybe I'm wrong. Definitely better than artificial sweeteners which I always find taste bad.

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