Dates are a staple fruit of the Middle East and are known as the food Prophet Muhammad ate when he broke from his fast.
Nutrition expert Christelle Bedrossian talked about the significance and the health benefits of the date fruit.
The palm tree has been around since prehistoric times and is historically significant to many cultures and religious groups. Dates have been in cultivation for thousands of years.
During the period of Ramadan, the body can develop mild health problems such as headaches, low blood sugar and lethargy: that’s why breaking the fast the right way is very important.The date fruit is ideal to break a fast since it provides a refreshing burst of the needed energy. It contains carbohydrates and a nutritious burst of natural sugar like fructose and glucose.
Dates have many health benefits. They are an excellent source of fiber and can increase the feeling of fullness. Because of their laxative quality, dates are considered to be good at preventing constipation, which is a common problem during the holy month of Ramadan. In addition to be a great source of fiber, they are also an excellent source of iron, magnesium, B-complex vitamins and potassium.
Dry or soft dates may be stuffed with fillings such as almonds, walnuts, marzipan or cream cheese, or covered with chocolate. We should avoid high-caloric fillings and dried fruits that have been glazed with glucose syrup.
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