Medjool dates are often described as ‘nature’s power fruit’. They are incredibly nutritious. Although they may come in different sizes, every Medjool date contains vital minerals essential for good health such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, Vitamin A, sodium and iron.
So what are the key health benefits?
They decrease cholesterol
Eating Medjool dates increases insoluble and soluble fibre intake. This significantly lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol naturally. High levels of cholesterol are a major contributory factor in heart attacks, heart disease and stokes. By lowering cholesterol levels, you can live a longer and healthier life.
They relieve constipation
On average, adults need around 25 to 30 grams of fibre every day in order to prevent constipation. Most people do not achieve such levels. Medjool dates can contribute significantly to fibre intake due to their high soluble fibre content. This helps maintain regular bowel movements by providing bulk to stools and ensuring it moves faster through the intestines.
Medjool dates increase energy levels
Athletes often eat dates. This is because dates are packed with long-lasting energy. Every date is rich in carbohydrates, perfect for boosting energy levels. Possessing a low GI (glycemic index), they are digested slowly ensuring energy levels are even throughout the day. By including dates within your iftar meal, you can get a good surge of energy ahead of the night prayers. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “When one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates; if he cannot get any, then (he should break his fast) with water, for water is purifying.”
They are healthy for your heart
Medijool dates possess high levels of antioxidants, which play a crucial role in eliminating bad fats and minimising the risk of developing serious illnesses such as arteriosclerosis. In addition, Medjool dates are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium required to maintain normal blood pressure. They help ward off problems like coronary heart disease. Vitamin K is essential for blood coagulation, while levels of copper, potassium and magnesium ensure the smooth functioning of the nervous system and collagen formation.
They are healthy for your bone structure
Rich in manganese, copper and magnesium essential for bone strength and preventing conditions like osteoporosis, Medjool dates are an essential form of nutrients.
Nutritional facts: 3.5 ounces (100 gram) serving of Medjool provides provides:
75 grams carbohydrates
7 grams fibre
2 grams Protein
20% RDI (recommended daily intake) Potassium
14% RDI Magnesium
18% RDI Copper
15% RDI Manganese
5% RDI iron
12% RDI vitamin B6