Simply Hamper | 3 Benefits of Eating Dates

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The one thing you’ll notice during Ramadan or the fasting month is that you’ll see so many dates; either in shops, night bazaars as well as in households.

Have you ever wondered why? Well, because eating dates during Ramadan is a well-known tradition across many cultures. But for the most part, this small dried fruit is actually big on nutrients.

Hence, we’ve narrowed down the 3 benefits of eating dates for you. So, next time, you can also incorporate them into your own meals and diet plans.

Boost fiber intake

Since the majority of Muslims will be fasting from sunrise to sunset, having 1 – 3  dates during sahur or known as pre-dawn meal will aid in better digestion.

Scientifically, dates appear to have the highest level of antioxidants compared to other dried fruits. It contains health properties that may lower unhealthy cholesterol and control blood sugar levels.

Thus, eating dates on a daily basis especially during the fasting month is more efficient in boosting your fiber intake.

Natural Sweeteners

Naturally, dates are sweet on their own. So, it makes sense to have them as a healthy substitute to white sugars, especially when dishing up meals for iftar.

The natural sweetness from the dates will help make your meals healthier without compromising taste. Hence, a popular recipe you can try is the gluten-free protein balls. 

The recipe requires you to use the date as the base to combine and stick other ingredients like oats, berries or dark chocolates together.

Keeps you fuller for longer

Dried fruits are high in carbohydrates and dates are no exception. However, despite their sweetness, dates actually rank lower on the glycemic index (GI) scale.

This type of food provides a slow release of energy over time instead of an energy crash that can leave you feeling more tired than you were before. In other words,  eating dates help you to stay fuller for a longer period of time. 

So, no wonder, dates are a popular choice when it comes to the holy month of Ramadan. The vast majority of people are looking to sustain their energy and not deplete it.

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