As we all know, all over the world, Muslims break their fasting day during Ramadan with some dates, usually 1 to 3 pieces…
I found out that is part of the Islamic culture especially in the Arabic world, plus dates are super loaded with the needed minerals and energy and can directly compensate for the several fasting hours!
When fasting, our body lack all the essential nutrients and that what causes dehydration. Dates are a great option to start with with 2 glasses of water!
What nutrients are there in dates?
– Dates are rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to protect cells against colon, prostate, breast, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
– Dates are also rich in dietary fiber which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut, and so reduces cholesterol. It is also a good laxative especially that constipation is common during Ramadan.
– Dates are an excellent source of iron, for people who suffer from iron deficiency or anemia. Iron, a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells carries the oxygen to the the blood.
– Dates are also rich in potassium, and the carbohydrates found in dates also make the fruit a slower digesting food, much better than any other fruit fatty food which can leave one hungry for more!
3 dates contain 60 calories and are counted as one exchange of fruit