5 Magical Things That Happen When You Start Eating 3 Dates a Day
Eating dates is incredibly healthy! They are super nourishing with huge amounts of health benefits for your body. Dates are a great source of fiber, minerals andvitamins and are good for your digestion, able to relieve painful constipation, diarrhea and other intestinal complaints.
If you add only 3 dates to your daily diet, these 5 things can happen:
1. Improve Digestive Health
Dates contain a lot of soluble fiber, which is necessary for your digestive health as it draws water to the digestive tract – hence the potential relief from constipation. Dates are full of potassium that can also help diarrhea and an upset stomach.
2. Help And Prevent Anemia
Anemia, which is due to low iron levels, is a common issue amongst most people; women and endurance athletes are especially prone to it. Anemia can leave you exhausted, but dates are there to rescue you, because of their iron content.
3. Bone, Blood And Immune System Health
Dates contain magnesium, manganese and selenium, which are minerals that are also important for keeping your bones and blood strong and healthy. Dates aren’t only a good snack – they can also help keep your body strong.
4. Energy Boost
Dates are filled with natural sugars, including fructose, sucrose and glucose. If you are afraid of sugar, let me assure you that just like other fruits, dates are full of fiber. Fiber can keep your energy up without the crash you would normally experience from any other sweet treat.
I’m not saying that you should eat a whole box dates, but indulging in 3 a day can bring you benefits along with a little party for your taste buds.
5. Heart Health
Dates are full of potassium, which is also good for heart health. It reduces your risk of stroke and can lower your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Dates really are a hearty snack for your heart’s health.
Do you have a sweet tooth, but want to stay healthy?
Adding dates to your diet is a smart way to obtain a plethora of health benefits with only a small handful of sweetness (and natural sweetness, at that!).
“Ultimately, dates are good for overall health despite their fructose concentration. Even if your diet is a sugar-free one, devoid of high-fructose corn syrup, agave, honey, coconut sugar and cane sugar, you probably still eat fruit and dates are a fruit too, with loads of benefits.
“When picking out your dates, look for plump ones with unbroken, smoothly wrinkled skins and avoid those that smell rancid or are hardened. Dried dates keep for up to a year in the refrigerator while fresh dates should be refrigerated in tight, sealed containers and can keep for up to eight months,” according to One Green Planet.
Look for dates at your local health food store, ethnic supermarket or order it online. Make sure you get an organic, natural variety without any added sugar.
How To Use Dates
There are so many ways to use dates besides just eating them as a snack. You can use them in raw dessert, add them to your smoothies or salad dressings or make date syrup.
And you can add it to your raw chocolate bars as well!