Did you know dates are very healthy to include in your diet? Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals, energy, sugar, and fiber. It also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. All of which may provide health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease. Dates are popularly known as (Khajoor/Khajur) in Hindi, ‘Tawarikh’ in Arabic and ‘Palmier’ in French, Scientifically it is called Phoenix dactylifera. Date is a flowering plant species from the palm family, but in this article, we are talking about the fruit of the date palm. It is usually cultivated for its sweetness and they are believed to originated from the Fertile Crescent region straddling between Egypt and Mesopotamia. Dates are of different varieties, the species are widely cultivated across Northern Africa, The Middle East, The Horn of Africa and South Asia, and is naturalized in many tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.

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Dates have natural sugars, so many people think it may not be good for them. However, these sweet fruits are packed with plenty of health benefits making them an excellent snack in moderation. Here are some mind blowing benefits that comes with eating dates fruits and the best types of dates to eat:

Prevents/Treats Night Blindness

A lot of people tend to struggle with their sight under poor lighting conditions even if their eyes seem to physically be in good shape . There are many causes of night blindness, but one of the most common causes is the deficiency of vitamin A . Dates help to delay the muscular degeneration of the eyes which is usually caused by ageing.

It Boosts Energy

The date fruit contains many nutrients that help boost your energy levels . It also contains natural sugars like sucrose, fructose, and glucose – all of which offer an energy boost.

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Treatment of Diarrhea

The passing of 4 or more loose, watery stools in a day is called Diarrhea. This nasty health problem is caused due to several factors, which may or may not be contagious. Ripe dates are effective in treating diarrhea as they contain potassium which helps in managing looseness of the bowels. They are also easily digestible which helps in alleviating chronic diarrhea. The soluble fiber in dates also provides bulk to the bowel movements and promotes healthy functioning of the excretory system.

Promotes Weight Gain

Sounds like an absurd benefit right? Of course, who would want to gain weight? If you are underweight, dates are probably just the thing for you! They are a great source of sugar, proteins and many essential vitamins. Consuming dates with cucumber paste helps to maintain normal healthy weight without causing malnourishment. If you are thin and slim, you can eat dates to increase your weight and build muscles.

Treatment of Intoxication

Alcoholism is a problem that devastates not only the drinker but also his family. Dates are a great treatment for alcoholic intoxication, offering quick comfort. They can be rubbed as well as drenched overnight to obtain maximum benefits.

Promotes Bone Health

Dates contain Vitamin B6 that has been shown to improve performance of brain by helping the body make serotonin and norepinephrine. Serotonin in turn regulates mood and norepinephrine helps your body cope with stress. Conversely, research has shown that low levels of Vitamin B6 is linked to depression.

So, that was about the health benefits of dates, now let’s take a good insight into the types of dates to eat.

Best Types of Dates To Eat

Medjool – Has its origins in Morocco. They are large and delicious. Have a toffee-like flavor.
Barhi – Also called yellow dates, this variety is native to Iraq. They are gentle and have thicker flesh.
Dayri – These dates are lengthy, slim, and black.
Halawy – These are incredibly sweet and small in size.
Deglet Noor – One of the best varieties from Tunisia and Algeria. Semi dry and not too sweet, these dates are usually used in cooking.
Hayani – Grown in Egypt, these dates are gentle and red to black.
Migraf – Popular in southern Yemen, these dates are large and golden amber.
Iteema – These are native to Algeria, and are extremely sweet. Big and oblong.

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Of all these, Medjool is supposed to be the most delicious and nutritious variety. It is the most common variety of black dates. They are rich in antioxidants and fiber and abundant in potassium as well.
While fresh dates are available around August to December, one can purchase dried dates anytime of the year. You can consume dates any way you want. Or you can try this wonderful recipe.

How To Make Dates Milk Shake Recipe:

Ingredients

• 7-8 dates/khajoor
• 2 tbsp sugar /as required
• 1 1/2 glass of boiled and chilled milk
• some ice cubes

Procedure:

• Firstly, wash the dates and remove their seeds from inside.
• Take a blender or juice blender, into it add seedless dates, sugar and 4-5 tbsp of milk.
• Blend this mixture well for few minutes.
• Now add the rest of the milk, ice cubes and blend all the ingredients together for 3-4 minutes.
• Strain the milkshake and pour the shake into the glass.
• Serve chilled!!!

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Recipe Note:

• In this recipe, sugar was added but in order to make the drink even more healthier it is better to skip adding sugar.
• Instead of sugar one can also add a tsp of honey into the milkshake while blending.
• To make this milkshake even more rich one can even add soaked almond paste while blending the shake.

Side Effects of Eating Too Much Dates:

Even though there’re many benefits offered by this delicious fruit, one still has to be careful of not overdoing it when it comes to dates. Here’s why. Consuming too much dates can lead to:
• Increases blood sugar levels
• Can induce weight gain
• May cause stomach pain Can cause stomach gas.

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