HEALTH AND NUTRITION

5 benefits of eating dates in the morning

Dates are a powerhouse of soluble fiber which helps in digestion.

In Summary

• Dates are very healthy and nutritious fruits that grow on palm trees and are widely consumed all over the world.

• Dates are a powerhouse of soluble fibre which helps in digestion and preventing constipation.

Dates
Dates
Image: MARGARET WANJIRU

Dates are very healthy and nutritious fruits that grow on palm trees and are widely consumed all over the world.

Dates are a powerhouse of soluble fibre which helps in digestion and preventing constipation.

Raw dates on a branch
Raw dates on a branch
Image: Margaret Wanjiru
  1. Have a fresh glowing skin

Packed with vitamin C, dates increases the production of collagen which helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity, giving you that glow you need.

Dates also have Vitamin D which have anti-ageing properties and prevent the accumulation of melanin.

  1. Dates improve the brain function

Research has shown that regular consumption of dates can prevent age related memory loss and reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is because it decreases the response time from the brain and increases speed and activity.

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  1. Dates may help balance hormones

Rich in iron, dates have shown to help women who struggle with irregular periods. Regular intake of dates has also been linked to hormonal balance.

Studies have also shown that dates can stimulate the immune system, reduce inflammation and also prevent DNA damage.

  1. Dates may aid in weight loss

For those who work out in the morning, eating dates before you hit that workout will provide you with the energy boost you need for that workout session.

Dates can also reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the body, which reduces the risks of blockage in the arteries and heart disease.

  1. Dates may help manage blood pressure

Packed with low in sodium and rich in potassium, which helps maintain good heart health and may also help build muscle and proteins in the body.

Its magnesium also helps facilitate the flow of blood in the blood vessels.

Dates can be eaten at any time of the day but it is important to eat them in the morning or afternoon as their high sugar and fibre content will keep you full and energized during the day.

*Important tip: Avoid dates when having a diarrhoea

Dates contain sugar alcohol known as sorbitol, which may increase bowel movements in some people. Therefore it’s best to limit or avoid dates until your bowel movements have normalized.

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