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Health tip for week Sept 6th

Hello everybody.  I apologize for not writing.  I had to take care of some very important personal stuff that required my full attention.  I am now back.  So here is this week’s health tip:

Dates are one of the best nutrition for dieting

Most people have a sweet tooth.  When dieting, cutting out all sweet is very hard.  Well, I have good news.  Dates are not only sweet but they contain all healthy substances our bodies need and extremely low, almost zero amounts of fat and no cholesterol.

Dates have high nutritional value.  Apart from being rich in natural fibers, dates also comprise of a lot of other nutrients, like oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, magnesium, etc.  Some experts say that one date is a minimum of a balanced and healthy diet.  I’m not sure about that but I do believe that dates are very effective to satisfy that sweet tooth when you are trying to diet, plus they are have lots of nutrition benefits.

Here is a list of the nutritional values of dates (given below is the amount of nutrients in 100 gm of dates):

  • Sodium – 2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 75 gm
  • Dietary Fiber – 8 gm
  • Sugars – 63 gm
  • Protein – 2 gm
  • Vitamin – A 10 IU
  • Vitamin C – 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin E – 0.05 mg
  • Vitamin K – 2.7 mcg
  • Thiamin – 0.052 mg
  • Riboflavin – 0.066 mg
  • Niacin – 1.274 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0.165 mg
  • Vitamin B12 – 0 mcg
  • Folate – 19 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid – 0.589 mcg
  • Calcium – 39 mg
  • Iron – 1.02 mg
  • Magnesium – 43 mg
  • Phosphorus – 62 mg
  • Potassium – 656 mg
  • Sodium – 2 mg
  • Zinc – 0.29 mg
  • Copper – 0.206 mg
  • Manganese – 0.262 mg
  • Selenium – 3 mcg
  • Total Fat – 0.39 mg
  • Saturated Fat – 0.032 mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat – 0.036 mg
  • Polyunsaturated Fat – 0.019 mg

I like to share the Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Dates from an article I found:

  • Since dates get digested very easily, they are used for supplying quick energy and repairing waste.
  • Milk, when boiled with dates, become a very nutritious and invigorating drink for children and adults, especially during convalescence.
  • The nicotinic content in dates makes them an excellent cure for intestinal disturbances.
  • Regular consumption of dates has been found to check the growth of pathological organisms and help in the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
  • Being a laxative food, dates have been found to be beneficial for those suffering from constipation.
  • For alcoholic intoxication, drinking water, in which fresh dates have been rubbed or soaked, is said to be quite effective.
  • Studies have shown that consumption of dates, soaked overnight and crushed, is good for those who have a weak heart.
  • It has been seen that dates serve as a tonic for improving sex stamina as well as sterility due to functional disorders.
  • Researches have revealed that dates are effective in preventing abdominal cancer.
  • Dates have a tonic effect and thus, hold value as medicines.

If you are a visual person, here is a link to some pretty graphics about some nutrition info on dates:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/7348/2

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September 6, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you Alicia for this very helpful post. We’ll certainly follow up your suggestions. I was lucky enough to find your blog by pure chance. I only recently began blogging in wordpress. Can you find my blog? A comment will of course prove that you have. Kindest regards to you and Peter from Pam and the other one…………

    Comment by action2468 | May 16, 2012 | Reply


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