Fasting is not just a traditional thing. Some people abstain from eating to lose weight and get thin. However, it puts the over-all health at risk because of nutritional loss that could lead to the malfunction of internal organs. Dates could be the best relief to hunger pangs after a day or so.
According to a group of Birmingham City University specialists, dates are loaded with nutritional resources. The naturally sweet fruit could rejuvenate the body by providing it energy and replenishes if from lost nutrition.
Dates might be rich in natural sugars, but it does not mean a rise in the blood sugar level. Indonesian Nutritionists Association nutritionist, Dr. Rita Ramayulis, advises eating the fruit at breaking the food abstinence. It is because it is jampacked with various sugars such as glucose, sucrose, and fructose. It also contains vitamin A, fiber, and potassium.
Dates vary in colors and are available either fresh or dried. The colors range from honey yellow, red, and brown. It has a flavorful deep taste and a palatial, bit of stringy nature.
When purchasing fresh dates, make sure they are round and moist with shiny skins. As with the dried ones, although wrinkled they should not look shrunken. They should still appear plump and shiny with fair color.
Aside from its delicious taste and nutritional properties, it can help the body in more ways than one. It can alleviate the symptoms of constipation, abdominal cancer, anemia, and heart problems to name a few. Other nutrients contained in the fruit include calcium, copper, sulfur, iron, manganese, oil and others.
Based on the modern medical findings, dates are considered to prevent abdominal cancer. People who fast usually break their fastings by consuming dates together with water. This helps in the prevention of overindulgence in food after the fasting is over.