Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. The fruit grows in warmer climates across the world. Organic whole pitted dates are naturally dried fruit. Pitted Deglet Noor dates are firm and are somewhat drier than Medjool dates.
- Nutritional Profile: HIgh in antioxidants and dietary fiber. Organic whole pitted dates contain several minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. 100g of dates provides 277calories, 75g of carbs, 7g of fiber, 2g of protein. They contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. The fruit has moderate levels of the B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin-K. Also, they an are an excellent source of iron. There is 0.90mg of iron in 100g of fruits.
- Health Benefits: Dates have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation due to their low glycemic index, fiber, and antioxidants. Additionally, the fiber diet works as a bulk laxative. Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals. Thus eating dates found to offer some protection from colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. Dates may be helpful for lowering inflammation and preventing plaques from forming in the brain. This is important for preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Eating these fruits throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation As such, this may lower the need for induced labor. The antioxidant tannins possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties.
- Usage: Dates have a sticky texture, which makes them useful as a binder in baked goods, such as cookies and bars. You can also combine dates with nuts and seeds to make healthy snack bars or energy balls. Staffing them with your favorite fillings such as almonds, cream cheese, candied orange is another way of consuming them as a snack.
- Storage: store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.