The benefits of dates according to Science

June 6, 2018 | 


Whether they are eaten fresh from the date palm or dried, date fruits; ENERGY DATES - Sukkari from 7D VARIETY especially—are an amazing source of fiber. Their high carbohydrate content makes them high-energy fruits, perfect for intense sporting activities. Date fruits contain a high concentration of antioxidants, which promote gastrointestinal, heart, brain, and skin health. Many Middle Eastern beliefs are backed up by scientific facts about the benefits of dates. Today, 7D VARIETY will help you learn more about these benefits, and how our Energy Dates can play a huge role in improving your overall health.


The benefits of ENERGY DATES - Sukkari


Several scientific studies have shown that high consumption of dates reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and other chronic diseases. The presence of antioxidants and fiber in fruits and vegetables could play a role in this protection, and dates are certainly no exception to this rule, as they offer a way for the body to rid itself of the bad cholesterol that clogs arterial walls through daily elimination.

 

Before gym, have a few dates

Rich in carbohydrates, dates are a great food of choice to facilitate muscular work. Since carbohydrates are a good fuel for muscles, dates can be useful during sports, especially during prolonged efforts such as hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor activity.

 

What does the date contain?

Dates are mostly marketed and consumed dry or partially dehydrated. They contain only 15% to 20% water, compared to 65% to 70% for fresh dates. A dried date contains as much sugar (carbohydrate) as a fresh date, but at equal weight, the dried dates contain a little more than the fresh dates. Dried dates are sometimes coated with syrup so that they retain some moisture, which increases their sugar content.


ENERGY DATES - Sukkari: full of antioxidants

Fresh dates contain a high concentration of antioxidants, mainly carotenoids and phenolic compounds. Antioxidants protect the body's cells from damage caused by free radicals. Dried dates contain less than fresh dates, since a certain amount is lost during dehydration.


Dates, a wonderful source of dietary fiber

Dates consist of 57% insoluble fiber and 43% soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber plays an important role in intestinal regularity and the prevention of constipation. By retaining water in the colon, they increase the volume and weight of the stool, reducing transit time and facilitating evacuation. In addition, studies have shown that soluble fiber plays a role in lowering cholesterol levels and in normalizing glucose and insulin levels. As a result, they can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.


The “three dates a day” rule

A 30 gram serving of energy dates (about three ENERGY DATES - Sukkari) provides 7–22 grams of fiber, which is 25% to 50% of the recommended amount of dietary fiber per day. Dates will also provide you with 324–800+ milligrams of potassium, which is great for heart, brain, bone, and skin health, just to name a few advantages. Dates are a better source of dietary fiber than raisins, dried apricots, and even prunes. Dates are also better than other fruits, such as bananas, avocados, and strawberries, as a source of potassium and other nutrients essential to your overall health.


References: Vinson JA, Zubik L, et al. Dried fruits: excellent in vitro and in vivo antioxidants. J Am Coll Nutr. 2005; 24: 44-50.Al Farsi M, Alasalvar C, et al. A comparison of antioxidant activity, anthocyanins, carotenoids, and phenolics of the three native fresh and sun-dried dates (Phoenix dactylifera L.), grown in Oman. J Agric Food Chem. 2005; 53: 7592-7599.