Dates are a fruit you might want to start incorporating into your diet. They hold a whole list of benefits such as:
- Fibre – Dates are very high in fibre which makes for better absorption of nutrients and feeling fuller for longer. Fibre also helps to control blood sugar levels which helps prevent diabetes.
- High antioxidant properties – The high antioxidant properties of dates reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a natural body response but too much inflammation (which can be brought about by poor dietary choices) can cause health problems such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and other hormone related issues. The three main antioxidants in dates are as follows, Flavonoids:
– Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation and have been studied for their potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer
– Carotenoids: Carotenoids are proven to promote heart health and may also reduce the risk of eye-related disorders, such as macular degeneration.
– Phenolic acid: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, phenolic acid may help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease
- Potassium – Dates are high in potassium which contributes to metabolism and muscle contraction and relaxation which is essential especially while working out. There are also studies that have found that potassium helps in the prevention of muscle cramps due to it being part of the electrolyte group. Potassium is also extremely important in balancing water levels in the body. Potassium helps excrete excess sodium from the body which regulates water retention.
There are around 40g of carbs (simple) in 60g of dates which are perfect to consume around 30 minutes before a workout for an added energy boost!