Jallab is one of those drinks associated with hot, lazy summer days! It is also directly associated with the hot season of Ramadan!!
One of the most popular drinks in the Middle East, Jallab is made by diluting Jallab syrup (made of grape molasses, dates and rose water) with water, and serving it with crushed ice.
Jallab is always topped with pine nuts, raisins and almonds!
So the main ingredient of Jallab is Dates!! As discussed in an earlier article, dates are loaded with all the essential nutrients needed to replenish the loss we had during the fasting days! For people who don’t fast, dates are also very beneficial to them!
Date Fruit is enriched with 20 different types of amino acids. It is an excellent source of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, sulfur, selenium and dietary fiber!
It is high in essential vitamins like niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6 needed to prevent dehydration.
Besides that, almonds and pine nuts are “heart friendly” mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood.
Pine nuts specifically is loaded with the healthiest minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium!!
- Over-consumption of Jallab increases the risk of obesity. One glass provides not less than 200 calories!
- It is a high glycemic index drink, which means it increases your blood sugar level and eventually increases your chance of having diabetes.