It has been shown that dates are one of delicious fruits which are obtained from a palm tree which is a flowering plant that belongs to the Acycaeae family. Dates are among the oldest cultivated fruits in the world. They have grown and flourished for thousands of years throughout the Middle East and the whole world. Dates are also known for their sweet taste. They are also healthy for your mind and body. Deglet Noor and Medjool are the most common types of dates in the United States. They are characterized by its brown color and its sweet flavor.
There are about 30 types of dates. Due to its content of Glucose, Fructose and Sucrose, they can be divided into three main types: soft, semi-dry and dry. Zaghloul is a variety of dates which is popular in Egypt. It is characterized by its tall and red color. Khadrawy is a sort of dates which is well-known in many Arab countries. It is characterized by its softness and dark color. Sukkary is a kind of dates which is produced in Saudi Arabia. It is known by its mellowness, sepia color and high price.
According to USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), one date which is equivalent to 25 grams contain the following nutrients:
- Calories: 65
- Water: 5,13 grams
- Protein: 0,44 grams
- Fat: 0,05 grams
- Carbohydrates: 18 grams
- Fibers: 1,5 grams
- Sugar: 15,96 grams
- Potassium: 168 milligrams
- Calcium: 16 mg
- Magnesium: is 14 milligrams
- Iron: 0.23 milligrams
- Phosphorus: 16 milligrams
In the following paragraphs we will tell you about what would happen to your body if you eat five dates per day for one week. So keep reading till the end.
Here’s a look at the 6 nutritional benefits of eating dates.
1. Reduced risk of colon cancer
Dates have many health benefits on your stomach. They check if the gut is healthy and do not contain bad bacteria. They also make sure that food pass through the digestive system easily and smoothly. If the gut and digestive system function efficiently, the colon will be healthy and your risk of colon cancer will be reduced.[the_ad id=”2153″]
A study which was done by the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences have shown that people who eat dates regularly have improved colon health because dates have the ability to boost the growth of good bacteria which prevent the development of colon cancer cells.