Dates are sweet, delicious fruits from the tropical oasis, brimming with much-needed minerals and energy to help you stay fit and healthy.
Dates are the lowest moisture whole fruit with only 30% moisture. This makes them the only natural “dehydrated” fruit. As such, they have a long shelf life and don’t need to be refrigerated.
- According to the USDA, dates are higher in polyphenols than any of the most commonly consumed fruits or vegetables. This is due to the harsh desert environment that dates are grown in.
- They also contain antioxidant flavonoids such as ß-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin. These antioxidants have been found to have the ability to protect cells and other structures in the body from harmful effects of oxygen-free radicals.
- Dates are an excellent source of iron, carrying about 11% of RDI, helps to promote cardiovascular health.
- Dates also contain a good amount of many minerals such as calcium, copper, selenium, and potassium, which work together to lower blood pressure.
- A quarter-cup serving of dates contains 12% of the daily value for fiber.
Best Ways to Use
- Dry and soft dates are usually eaten out of hand.
- They can be stuffed with fillings such as almonds, walnuts, candied orange and cream cheese.
- They can also be chopped and added to fruit salad and in a range of sweet and savory dishes.