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Dates

I have recently fallen in love with these succulent little food items. Adding dates to your diet delivers vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain optimum health. The primary vitamins in dates are the B vitamins, with B-6 topping the list. B vitamins help with the metabolism of food and the formation of new blood cells. Other vitamins include K and A.

Dates on treeDates are an excellent source for minerals, with potassium in the #1 spot. They also contain:

  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Iron
  • Zinc

The body only needs small amounts of minerals, but if it is depleted of any one, it can be disastrous to your health.  Snacking on dates can help you build up your body’s mineral stores.

Sugar Concerns?

One of the reasons people avoid eating dates is the belief that they will raise their blood sugar levels.  The May 28, 2011, issue of “Nutrition Journal” reports a study in which date consumption was tested on diabetics.  It showed that while dates contain high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually a low-glycemic index food and did not significantly raise blood sugar levels.  If this is a concern for you, speak to your doctor before adding dates to your diet so that you can monitor your blood sugar levels and determine how dates affect you personally.

For myself, I am glad to know that dates are a delicious, low-glycemic food. My husband is pre-diabetic, and fixing foods that will not exacerbate that issue brings me a little peace.

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