TYPES OF DATE SUGARS
What type matters – Glucose and Fructose
Glucose and Fructose are two sugars that occur naturally in fruits like dates. Each has its own pathway to be used for energy. Glucose is absorbed first into the blood stream for quick energy and fructose is processed second for a time released energy. This energy is stored and used by muscles. This has been shown to benefit athletes in endurance sports giving a more constant source of energy in a time released form.
Sucrose is made up of fructose and glucose. Your body breaks sucrose apart so you can absorb fructose and glucose. Also, the Glycemic (blood sugar) response is slower in fructose giving a lower Glycemic Index.
Dates are equal parts glucose and fructose with a low Glycemic Index of 42.
NATURALLY LOW MOISTURE
Dates are the naturally lowest moisture whole fruit because they are grown in the arid desert. While most fruits range from 75 – 95 percent moisture, fresh whole dates are less than 30 percent moisture; making them a naturally dry fruit.
Nutrient Density means the nutrients are equal to or more than calories per serving. Dates have 110 calories per a 40 gram serving equal to 6% of a 2000 calorie daily diet.
Date varieties are not all the same size.
To determine the calorie value of a date use this method:
6 medium dates = 18 calories each
3 large dates = 37 calories each
2 jumbo dates = 55 calories each
Among commonly consumed whole fresh fruits, dates rank high in antioxidant polyphenols.
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