When I was 8 I wanted a box of crayons, now the 8 year olds want a cell phone.
But thankfully, there are still some things that haven’t changed.
And one of them is a wonderful fruit that we know as a date. However, even though they’ve been around since biblical times, let’s get up to date on these sweet treats. During biblical times, dates were believed to possess profound healing properties, but only now is science catching up to confirm our distant ancestors knew exactly what they were talking about. Archeological evidence shows that the date fruit has been cultivated since 7000 BC in what is now Western Pakistan.
Dates are also one of the seven holy foods/seeds of Judaism, along with barley, wheat, lentils, beans, garlic and onion.
Dates are grown in many tropical regions of the world and have become quite popular in recent years.
Almost all dates sold in Western countries are dried. You can tell whether or not dates are dried based on their appearance. A wrinkled skin indicates they are dried, whereas a smooth skin indicates freshness.
Depending on the variety, fresh dates are fairly small in size and range in color from bright red to bright yellow. Medjool and Deglet Noor dates are the most commonly consumed varieties.
When you have a craving for that piece of candy, snack instead on 2 dates. It will definitely satisfy that yearning for something sweet!
Dates are chewy with a sweet flavor
They are also high in some important nutrients and have a variety of advantages and uses. Some the benefits derived from eating these luscious fruits are:
♥ Very nutritious – great energy booster
♥ High in fiber
♥ Contain disease fighting anti-oxidants
♥ A good sugar substitute
♥ Aid in helping to lower inflammation
♥ Helps with blood sugar control because of their low glycemic index
♥ Aids in bone health since they contain several minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium
Dates can be a change from the “same old same old”
Beware however, as dates are pretty high in calories, so eat them in moderation, such as 2-3 dates per day. However, please know that dates have many important nutritional properties and can be a great addition to a healthy and balanced diet.
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