I grew up eating dates. They are a staple food in the Middle Eastern culture, and it is customary for Muslims to break their fasts with dates during the month of Ramadhan – when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. When I worked abroad in the Middle East, I was known to always have a box of dates on my desk, so my colleagues could always pop by for a snack.
Dates are one of my favourite superfoods for a multitude of reasons. They are great for:
- losing weight;
- relieving constipation;
- boosting brain health;
- reducing heart disease and other inflammatory-related ailments;
- fighting iron-deficiency anemia;
- countering impotence; and
- preventing colon cancer.
For my pregnant and TTC (trying to conceive) sisters, a study at the University of Science and Technology found that, “eating dates 4 weeks before labour reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable delivery outcome.”
Oh, and dates are the perfect natural sweetener.
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