My first introduction to dates was in the movie Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. The cute little capuchin monkey eats them and then dies because they have been poisoned. I am not going to lie: as a young child this scared me a bit, and I did not want to touch dates at all.
However, dates are very good to eat. They are delicious and nutritious. "Apart from the delightful flavor, they are incredibly healthy and confer a tremendous amount of health benefits on your body. They are a rich source of healthy fiber, minerals, and vitamins and can help relieve painful constipation, diarrhea, and other intestinal complaints."
And this autumn is date season!
Dates are the fruit of palm trees. Date varieties range from Medjool (a rich-tasting desert delight) to acai (a tropical palm fruit). The dates we see in the healthfood store are typically desert types.
Add three dates to a daily diet and these 5 things will happen!
1. Improve Digestive Health
Dates contain a bunch of soluble fibers. Soluble fiber is essential for good digestive health because it draws water into the digestive tract. This helps relieve constipation. The potassium found in dates can also treat upset stomachs and diarrhea. They are a digestive tract balancer that is symbolized by their brown color (brown foods are always great for digestion). Dates also strengthen good bacteria in the stomach!
2. Treat and Prevent Anemia
Anemia is a common issue amongst most people. I have been anemic from time to time. Dates are an excellent source of iron, so they help treat anemia. Anemia can leave one feeling exhausted. Boost iron levels with dates!
3. Bone, Blood and Immune System Health
Dates contain magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Diets rich in selenium are known to prevent cancer. These minerals are also necessary for keeping our bones and blood strong and healthy. Keep bones strong by adding dates to one's diet. They taste great!