How Dates Are Useful For Health And How They Can Harm

Dates are food for long-livers all because of the rather saturated composition – there are a lot of nutrients and vitamins in dates. The only negative is the high sugar content (93 g per glass). Therefore, it is important to remember that people with diabetes, obesity should forget about dates. Let’s take a closer look at these sweet fruits together with nutritionist Alena Chernikova.

Before talking about the benefits and harms of dates, it is necessary to name what is present in them. 


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  • Vitamins of group B, PP
  • Iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus

And thanks to these vitamins and trace elements, dates

  • Lower cholesterol
  • Cherish the heart
  • Normalize bowel function
  • Strengthen bones
  • Normalize blood pressure
  • Improve the condition of the skin and hair
  • Useful for pregnant women

The optimal daily intake of dates for adults is no more than 10 pieces. It is desirable to eat them in the morning. And certainly not every day. As a reminder, dates have a high glycemic index and high carbohydrate content. Be sure to drink dates with water while drinking. Otherwise, your teeth will receive a powerful blow of sugar, so it is not far from caries.

For dates to be as useful as possible, they must be selected and stored correctly

How Dates Are Useful For Health And How They Can Harm
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It should not be cracked or too stiff. If so, then the date was dried at a high temperature, which destroyed all the beneficial nutrients. The rind of a good dried fruit of medium hardness, no cracks, elastic.


Dark. If the dates are light brown, y were picked unripe and boiled in sugar syrup. You won’t get any benefit from them. The dark color of the fruit indicates that it has naturally ripened on a palm tree.


To make the product attractive and glossy, sellers often lubricate the surface with oily solutions. The composition of these solutions is not known, but it is problematic to wash them off since the oily film does not allow washing the fruits. Don’t buy shiny dates; go for matte-skinned dates.


It is advisable to store dates in an airtight (glass) container in a cool dark place.

Who should give up on dates

How Dates Are Useful For Health And How They Can Harm
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People with individual intolerance. If you are unsure if you are allergic to dates or not, you should see your doctor for a test.

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Also, dates are bad for teeth. They can cause tooth decay. Dentists advise to wash them down with either warm tea without sugar or just warm water if it is not possible to brush your teeth. Diabetics should take dates with extreme caution. The reason is the high sugar content. The attending physician should determine the average daily intake of datess.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Today Lifestyle