Dates are fruits that grow on a palm tree scientifically named Phoenix dactylifera. This ancient fruit tree was grown in the Middle East but today, the date palm is grown extensively for its edible fruits in almost every continent that has warmer climate.
Commonly eaten out-of-hand, dates are also chopped and used in a range of desserts. Dates are also processed into cubes, paste, spread, date syrup, powder, vinegar or alcohol.
Dates are considered as one of the “fruits of paradise” in Islamic tradition owing to the innumerable health benefits associated with them. Deliciously healthy, they are loaded with a profound list of essential nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals that are highly essential for good health.
Myth : Diabetics should not eat dates as they raise blood sugar levels
Fact : Dates contain a high amount of natural sugars but they are actually a low-glycemic index food. They do not significantly raise blood sugar levels after they were eaten. Dates are ok for diabetics if eaten in right proportion.
Myth : Dates should be eaten only in winters
Fact : No. Dates can be eaten all round the year. They are warm in nature and thus perfect winter foods but they can also be consumed during summers as eating them only makes you healthier.