The details about dates
Sugars from natural sources are better than artificial sweeteners.
Dates, or date palms, are a flowering plant species part of the palm family. They are cultivated for their sweet, edible fruit and have a succulent, exotic flavor. While date palms can be cultivated on all five continents, the main production regions are the Middle East and North Africa.
They are dark brown in color and have a fleshy mouthy feel. The major component of dates are carbohydrates, mainly sucrose, glucose and fructose. Its sugars can be easily digested and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream offering a quick burst of energy.
Dates are commonly used as a substitution in food preparation to reduce added sugar intake in your diet.
According to World Health Organization, limiting added sugar intake to less than 5-10% of total energy per day will reduce the risk of obesity and tooth decay and lower total body weight. The WHO reports there is no evidence of “adverse effects related to consuming the occurring sugars in whole fruits and vegetables.” Utilizing dates in recipes that call for a sweet taste is therefore a great strategy to reduce the added sugar intake. For example, three of our vegan nut mylks: Bala, Om and Jiva contain dates for their sweet flavor.
Dates are typically consumed with little to no processing, unlike artificial sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup.
Due to their nutritional qualities and convenience, dates have been added to a number of products as replacement to artificial sweeteners, Date jam, date butter, date bars, date syrup, date juice, date candy, date chutney and date relish are just a few examples of products that dates have been added to. They are consumed with little or no required processing. They have a considerable commercial value in the nutraceutical product segment. Nutraceutical is a food containing health-giving additives and having medicinal benefit.
Dates are considered to be an ideal, high energy-food. They contain a wide range of essential nutrients and offer consumers a plethora of health benefits.
Because dates are rich in potassium and low in sodium they are desirable for people suffering from hypertension. Dates contain compounds that can reduce free radicals in the body, support the immune system and prevent inflammation from occurring.
Dates are a good source of fiber and contain important vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, fluorine, selenium, copper, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and boron. Boron is useful in the treatment of brain cancers. The amount of protein found in dates is too small to be considered nutritionally significant, however, dates do contain many essential amino acids favorable to human needs.
In ancient folklore, dates are believed to have many medicinal properties such as to provide strength, fitness and relief against a number of ailments and pains including fever, stomach disorders, memory disturbances and anxiety. They are also said to be an aphrodisiac.