Mar 052014
 

Why eat dates?

 Dates are a food of high nutritional value which provides a natural sugar in the form of glucose and fructose which is ready for immediate absorption and is, therefore, infinitely superior to cane sugar.

 For years I did not like dates and would go for homemade cookies and baking using good ol’ white sugar (and brown – really no difference)….but I had to change …because I couldn’t just have one cookie…so that brings me to the wonderful date!

 

Here is a super quick recipe to get your healthy sugar fix! ENJOY – Maca Cacao Balls

finished product

 Benefits & facts about dates:

     Dates supply us with energy and are easily digested.
Rich in dietary fiber which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut
Contains antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties
Good source of Vitamin-A which is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. Vitamin A also required in maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers
Rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen free radicals and are found to be protective against many types of cancers.
Zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid that offers protection against age related macular degeneration in elderly individuals
Excellent source of iron and rich in potassium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases
Rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper and magnesium.
Rich in B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine(vitamin B-6), niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin

 

 

Enjoy all your dates!!

Tanya

 

Sources:

http://findmeacure.com/2006/10/07/eating-date-fruit-is-good-for-health/

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