Craving a sweet treat? Dates offer multiple health benefits as well as satisfying your sweet-tooth craving.
Sticking to healthy eating habits can be tough if you’ve got a sweet tooth, but fortunately, naturally sweet options like fruit are a satisfying alternative. One great option for a healthy sweet treat are dates, which also come packed with nutritional benefits, says health.com
Nutrient-rich Unlike other sugary options, a serving of dates (about 3) has five grams of fiber, a gram of protein, and no fat. They also offer nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese.
Antioxidants In addition to their vitamin and mineral content, dates are rich in health protective antioxidants. Antioxidants are great for mitigating oxidative stress and dates have lots including carotenoids, polyphenols, tannins, and sterols. Plus, they even have antifungal properties.
No Added Sugar Like other dried fruits, dates get all their sweetness naturally with no added sugar!
Digestive Health Three dates provide nearly 20 percent of your daily recommended fiber intake. Much like prunes, dates can help regulate your digestive system for healthier bowel movements.
Blood and Heart Health Older studies have linked dates to lowered cholesterol and blood fat levels for better heart health and lowered risk of type 2 diabetes.
Brain Protection One study found that dates could be a potential additional therapeutic option against Alzheimer’s disease.
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