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Date Attribute

Water constitutes about 30% of date weight. Date contains 2% protein and less than 2% fat and minerals. Its protein and water content varies based on the variety of date and its ripeness.

Per 100 g serving of fresh date provides 163 kcal energy, 0.9 g protein, 0.3 g fat, 38 g glocide, 30 mg phosphorous, 1.3 mg iron, 650 mg potassium, 65 mg magnesium, 70 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, and 2.2 mg niacin.

Date is low in sodium (1 mg per 100 g serving), so it is useful for people who suffer from hypertension and have to follow a diet low in sodium.

Research indicates that date can prevent many types of cancers such as colon and stomach, because it is significantly high in fiber.

Date is laxative. Soak 6 to 7 dates in 2 glasses of hot water and drink it once in the morning and once at night to clearly see the fruit’s properties.

Date neutralizes the gastric juice. In Chinese traditional medicine two to three fresh and crushed dates are stirred into hot water and drunk. It helps relieve stomach ache in the case of excess secretion of digestive juices which results in reflux and belly ache.

Evolutionary Stages of Date

Date goes through 4 stages from its first emergence to the time it ripens; they are described below:

In the first stage the fruit (called chaghali) is green, firm and bitter and the sugar content is glucose and fructose.

The second stage takes about 6 weeks. The fruit is still firm, but its color turns into orange or red. The sugar content is mainly sucrose. The date is called Khark.

The third stage takes 4 weeks. The fruit is called Rotab. It is brown and premature.

The fourth stage takes 2 weeks. The fruit is ripe now. Some harvest the fruit when its color is still lighter and store it in an appropriate thermal condition to help it further ripen, e.g. Mozafati Rotab and Kabkab (golden yellow). Some other varieties are left on the palm in a so-called “Khormapazan heat” to get semi-desiccated; they are called date, e.g. Piaram Date.

10 tips on date:

  1. Try to eat date instead of taking sugar in your tea.
  2. You can use date instead of sugar in bakery and cookery too.
  3. Because of vigorous activity, athletes can eat a nutritious afternoon tea with date.
  4. Date is effective in reducing serum lipids.
  5. Consumption of date can lower the possibility of tooth decay. Preventing the growing of the microbe detrimental to the teeth, the juice extracted from date reduces the possibility of experiencing tooth decay.
  6. Date is a nutritious and wholesome fruit. It can be consumed with tea or hot water when you break your fast.
  7. Date is high in sugar. In fact, carbohydrates account for 70% of it. Some 25% of its sugar content is sucrose and 50% is glucose.
  8. Fiber found in date is helpful in improving gastrointestinal function, digestion andexcretion.
  9. Those who suffer from diabetes should be abstemious in its consumption.
  10. To experience a peaceful sleep, you can eat one date and drink a glass of warm milk before you go to bed.