Date fruits have been cultivated since 6,000 B.C. and are thought to have originated in the Persian Gulf, particularly in Mesopotamia. Traces of evidence also show that date fruits were also being grown in Arabia in 4,000 B.C. It have been an abundant food source in the Middle East for thousands of years. The Quran mentions the significance of date fruit which is also considered by inhabitants as an important and traditional crops. California and Mexico was introduced to dates by the Spaniards in 1765.
Palm tree that produces the date fruits is a single root system with many trunks that grows from 15 to 25 meters high. It takes around 7 years for the tree to mature and bear fruits and a palm tree can produce 80 to 120 kilograms of date fruit. The fruits are about 3-7cm in length in oval shape and come in bright yellow to bright red color. Its scientific name is Phoenix dactylifera.
Let’s have an insight into the many health benefits of dried date fruit. From your heart to your hair. Nature’s candy as it is commonly referred to, date fruit contain around 70% sugar. It can be taken fresh or in dried form which is known to contain a vast, natural healing properties. Its nutritional content includes fiber, essential mineral like potassium, copper, magnesium and manganese as well as vitamin A, C, K, E, B6, B2, thiamin and niacin.
This superfood has zero cholesterol and low in fat. Date fruit can help in lowering your cholesterol level and in keeping your blood pressure under control because of its high potassium and low sodium content. This fruit is very rich in antioxidant to fight off free radicals in your body. If you need an instant boost of energy, bite on some of this super fruit! The amount of natural sugar it holds is enough to boost you up. Dried date fruit is packed with dietary fibers to increase fecal matter thus keeping your colon clear. Its laxative properties facilitates the bowel movement in your body, reducing the chances of constipation. Being rich in vitamins, dried dates can maintain your youthful looks by nourishing and improving the texture of your skin. It can also promote a healthy scalp and hair roots to prevent numerous hair problems like falling hair, split-end and dry hair.
Date fruit is safe for most individuals as long as it’s taken in feed quantity. Could have a possible side effect when taken medicine. For pregnant and lactating women, it is best to take it in food amount only. Better to stay safe.
Just so you know, date fruits have very sticky surface, like a magnet they easily attract impurities. Buy only those that are properly packed.
Date fruit fact: The Bedouin tribes of the Middle East have one of the lowest rates of cancer. Their diet includes a rich amount of dates.
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