Dates are very much rooted in Emirati culture. There are 44 million date-palm trees in the UAE, producing a whopping 76,000 tons of dates per year. Not only that, approximately 190 varieties are grown here. These petite yet powerful fruits are a great food with which to break your fast, because despite their high fructose content, they have a low glycaemic index. This means that they are slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised by your body so you’re less likely to suffer any blood-sugar spikes. There are many more nutritional and health benefits, too. Find out more…
1 Health is wealth
High in vitamins A, B5, B6, and minerals such as copper, manganese, potassium, iron, and magnesium, dates are widely regarded as a superfood. They promote a healthy nervous system, bone development and help to lower blood pressure. Dates also have a high fibre content, which bolsters a healthy digestive system.
2 Curb your cravings
Dates are a highly concentrated source of energy-giving carbohydrates. Eating dates helps to reduce the compulsion to overeat at iftar due to the fact that they help to satisfy food cravings after a day of fasting.
3 Alternative ingredient
It’s said that a 30g portion of dates (or one medjool date) counts as one of your five-a-day fruit and vegetable intake. They’re also incredibly versatile and can be added to smoothies or cakes for added sweetness.
4 Up the anti
Dates’ high anti-oxidant value means that they not only help to fight off havoc-causing free radicals in the body but they can also provide anti-ageing benefits to the eyes and skin.
DID YOU KNOW?
The medjool date originates from Morocco and is known as ‘the king of dates’.