Are Dates Good For You?
You’ll often find sticky dates used as a natural sweetener in plant-based treats, but are they a healthy fruit?
Dates are a Middle Eastern fruit that grows in clusters like grapes on date palm trees in hot climates. They’re incredibly hardy and naturally sweet. The more dates dry, the higher their sugar content climbs and the longer they last which might not sound like a good thing if we’re talking about health. So, are they good for you?
Are dates good for you?
Like some of the best foods in life, the answer is yes, in moderation. Dates can be enjoyed as part of a healthy (and delicious) balanced diet.
Why are dates good for you?
Within dates, you’ll find good quantities of the following:
- Disease-fighting antioxidants
- Dietary fibre that means they’re great for digestive health
- Carbohydrate, perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up
- Plenty of important minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin B6
They’re often even used for diabetes management and the prevention of cancers.
It can also be used to reduce refined sugar intake as it’s an effective natural sweetener!
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.