A Mediterranean Diet Staple
As one of the oldest known fruits from the desert, dates have always been part of a healthy, Mediterranean diet. In addition to helping people lose weight, the Mediterranean diet seems to help people lower their cholesterol, reduce their risk for Alzheimer’s, diabetes and various types of cancer, and improve rheumatoid arthritis. This diet is centered on foods indigenous to the Mediterranean region – like olive oil and fish, along with whole grains and plant foods, including, of course, the date.
Dates for DASH Dieters
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and is a flexible and balanced eating plan which emphasizes fruits and vegetables to help create a heart-healthy eating style for life. Because the date fruit contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, and are a good source of fiber, they’re a perfect fit for the DASH diet.
Kids Love ’em!
When it comes to sweets, dates are the healthier choice. Most sugary treats have refined sugars that can cause spiking blood sugar levels harmful to your well-being. Dates on the other hand, are deliciously sweet and contain important minerals such as potassium necessary for growth, health, and maintaining the healthy development of muscle and bone. This essential mineral is needed to build muscle, regulate your heart beat, control fluid balances and break down carbohydrates. Vitamin B6 found in dates is an essential nutrient for protein metabolism so that your body can build muscle and grow hair and nails.
Dates for Vegetarians, Vegans and Paleo Dieters
Dates provide vegetarians and vegans with amino acids, particularly lysine and leucine. Dates are also a terrific source of nutrients for paleo dieters, who are limiting added sugars.
In traditional ancient diets, a bowl of dates is offered on the table at each meal. And a date would often accompany a cup of coffee or tea. These beverages were consumed unsweetened. A date would provide the desired sweetness and complement to the drink. This custom continues today in many cultures.
Eating dates add fiber, nutrients and antioxidants to the diet. Coffee and tea adds water volume for satiety – a perfect combination.