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Dates

Background

Dates were originally grown and domesticated in the Middle East. Today, they are grown in over 30 countries, including parts of North America. The Medjool date is one of the most common grown in North America. In the past 20 years, dates have gained a tremendous amount of popularity. They are used today as a sweet snack, chopped into salads, blended into baked goods, stuffed with cheeses or meats, or used in traditional Asian or Middle Eastern dishes such as sweet chutneys, Sheer khurma, or Khoshaf (dried fruit salad).

 

Benefits

  • Are a source of fibre! Fibre helps the digestive system function well and improves bowel health.
  • Provide some potassium. Potassium helps to control blood pressure and fluid balance, and is important to the nervous system.
  • Provide us with magnesium, which is another important mineral used for our nerves, muscles, bones and teeth.
  • Are full of zinc! Zinc is mineral that supports our body’s immune system, and is involved in many growth and development processes.
  • Provide B vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid. These vitamins have a variety of functions to do with our metabolism, nervous system, and more.

 

Nutritional Value of 1 Medjool date (24 g)

  • 66 calories
  • 18 g carbohydrate
  • 2 g fibre
  • 0 g protein
  • 0 g fat
  • ~5% recommended daily intake of vitamin B6

 

Did You Know

Dates are an old and traditional fruit that is significant in many cultures. The word “date” comes from the Greek word “daktylos,” meaning “finger.”

 

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