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Dates, popularly known as “khajoor” in India, are the fruit of date palm tree. They are cultivated all over the world especially across tropical regions. Dates are sweet and chewy, available in soft, semi-dry and dry varieties. Farmers harvest dates in early winter, so dates usually taste freshest at this time of year.
They have all the goodness that one needs, be it their sweet rich taste or their health benefits. They are warm and fulfilling. Dates produce heat in the body so they are generally recommended during winters.
Here are the 7 major health benefits of dates that you need to endure winter season.
1) Nutritional value (100 grams of Dates, provides the following nutrients)
4) Provides Energy
Dates are high in carbohydrates. It makes them a great source of energy for the human body.
Dates can boost up your energy levels immediately when you feel lethargic or sluggish in those winter days. They also help in keeping your body warm in winters.
As a morning or evening snack, they can be your Super Food that helps you to increase your stamina levels. They are highly recommended to people who regularly exercise or stretch.
Interesting fact :
Dates are widely used by the Muslim community to break their fast during the Ramzan month. It helps in providing quick energy and nutrients to the body that it requires after the long day of fast.
5) Encourages weight gain
People are often hesitant towards foods that are high in sugar because of the calories. While Dates may have a handful of calories, they are also packed with various nutrients.
Dates can be a good rescue from your heightened appetite in winters and help you gain healthy weight. You can use Dates accordingly in your diet to gain weight. The sugar, proteins and other vitamins in it, helps the cause.
Dates are also rich in fiber which helps in weight management. This helps you gain weight that is appropriate to your body.
6) Help in improving digestion.
Dates are a rich source of fibers, both soluble and insoluble. They help to increase the secretion of digestive juices that makes absorption of food easy.
Dates are great for improving bowel movements. They also reduce the risk of colon cancer.
In winter, the metabolism of the body slows down. This can lead to digestive problems. Dates are recommended in winters as they have anti-oxidative properties that stimulate metabolism.
7) Beneficial for skin.
Dates prove to be an amazing example of 'warm' foods. They provide necessary heat to the body during those chilly winter days. Moreover, they are very versatile food and can be used as a natural sweetener in many dishes and drinks.
Although Dates are tremendously nutritious, one should be cautious while selecting them. As their surface is sticky and moist, they attract a lot of impurities. Make sure to go for chemical and pesticide-free organic dates.