It is said that one date is equal to a healthy and balanced diet. Dates are a rich source of natural fibers and apart from this they comprise of varied number of other nutrients such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper etc.
Nutritional Value of Dates
A 100 gm of dates contain the following nutrients
- Total Carbohydrates – 75 gm
- Dietary Fiber – 8 gm
- Sugars – 63 gm
- Total Fat – 0.39 mg
- Protein – 2 gm
- Vitamin C – 0.4 mg
- Vitamin E – 0.05 mg
- Vitamin K – 2.7 mcg
- Vitamin – A 10 IU
- Vitamin B12 – 0 mcg
- Vitamin B6 – 0.165 mg
- Iron – 1.02 mg
- Sodium – 2 mg
- Magnesium – 43 mg
- Potassium – 656 mg
- Phosphorus – 62 mg
- Sodium – 2 mg
- Copper – 0.206 mg
- Zinc – 0.29 mg
- Manganese – 0.262 mg
Health Benefits of Dates
- Dates are easily digestible, so they an excellent source for quick energy and repairing waste.
- Eating dates cures intestinal disturbances.
- Regular eating of dates is found to check the growth of pathological organisms and help in the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestine.
- Eating dates helps constipation because of their laxative properties.
- Studies have reported that dates are helpful in preventing abdominal cancer.
- It is reported that eating dates prevents the spread of cancer cells.
- Studies have shown that dates soaked overnight and taken crushed in the morning helps people who have a weak heart.
- Eating dates are helpful in treating anaemia and heart problems as they are rich in iron.
- Eating dates helps in reducing heart burns and acidity.
- Studies have reported that eating dates are beneficial for nursing mothers and pregnant women
- Milk boiled with dates acts as an invigorating and nutritious drink for adults and children during convalescence.
- Dates act as a perfect energy boosting snack because of their varied nutrient contents.