Fresh and dried dates are a compact energy food with 75% carbohydrate content and 8g of fibre that’s bulky. If you lack energy and need a quick snack, dates are ready any time to boost your whole body. The muscular system will be given 650-730mg of potassium per 100g, to improve blood circulation, prevent hardening of the arteries and assist body healing. Combined with the iron content of 1mg, both minerals help to utilise oxygen and normalise heart muscle action.

Dates are also a fair source of magnesium (43mg), calcium (39mg) and phosphorus (62mg), all essential for bone strength, healthy nerves and brain function. Dates provide complete protein in small amounts (2g). There is no doubt that you could survive in the wilderness with fresh dates for a long time, as they provide energy and a wide variety of nutrients.

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The very high glycemic index of dates needs to be considered. They can be beneficial in cases of low blood sugar, or for ‘instant energy’ after a physical or mental workout. approx.90% of all glucose or blood sugar is required for efficient brain functioning. However, for diabetics, dates are best avoided. Ideally, dip dates into tahini for a lower glycemic index and a magnificent snack. Dates are known to strengthen the muscles of the uterus during pregnancy and they are an ideal snack during lactation, as they alleviate depression. Dates also supply copper (0.29mg) and manganese (0.30mg). Dates provide 2.8% total mineral content, nearly top of the list of all foods. Dates are usually obtained as sun dried, but fresh dates are best by a mile!

Dates are a great food for hitch hikers, bush walkers and were given to warriors to stimulate their muscles, due to the enormous supply of potassium. Try a date slice once in a while and pick up a few fresh dates, next break. Dates are the super sweet!

GLYCEMIC CALORIES – total: 249 kcal. per 100 grams

INDEX: 61 Calories from: Carb: 230 Protein: 11 Fat: 8

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