What are dates rich in? What is the benefit of breaking your fast with dates?

Dates are delicious, aromatic and juicy fruits of the East and Egypt. The benefits and harms of dates have been known to people since ancient times.

Fresh dates have a slightly viscous taste and a dark red color. Dried or dried fruits are dark brown in color. But to many people, dried dates seem to taste even better and tastier than fresh ones. At the same time, dried fruits do not lose their beneficial qualities, help restore health and protect against viruses.

Composition and calorie content of dates

Dates contain many useful elements for the human body. For example, in 100 gr. product contains:

  • potassium - 380 mg;
  • magnesium - 59 mg;
  • copper - 0.351 mcg;
  • phosphorus - 59 mg;
  • calcium - 71 mg;
  • iron - 1.6 mg;
  • zinc - 0.41 mg;
  • manganese - 0.284 mcg
  • sodium - 35 mg.

Also present are vitamins such as:

  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) - 0.5 mg.
  • Thiamine (vitamin B1) - 0.08 mg.
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2) - 0.059 mg.
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) - 0.807 mg
  • Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) - 0.02 mg.
  • Vitamin A - 0.05 mg.
  • Vitamin E - 0.06 mg.
  • Vitamin PP - 2.1 mg.

Energy value of fruits:

  • proteins - 2.6 g;
  • carbohydrates - 70 g;
  • fats - 0.8 g.

The calorie content of dates is 272 kcal per 100 grams.

The average calorie content of 1 date is 22-25 kcal

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Dates (tamr) - the food of the Prophet - The hadith says: “... Begin breaking your fast with dates. If there are no dates, then raisins. If there are no raisins, then water. For, truly, water is cleansing.” Our Prophet said this about the date palm: “Among all the trees there is a tree that resembles a Muslim. It does not shed its leaves” (al-Bukhari and Muslim). The Prophet highly recommended dates, especially to pregnant and lactating women who want to have healthy offspring. The Prophet also advised eating dates as a cure for heart disease. Indeed, these fruits contain a set of microelements that strengthen the heart muscle. Aisha, the wife of the Prophet, recommended dates as an excellent remedy for dizziness. It is interesting to note that Aisha ate dates combined with cucumbers to gain weight. She said that she had tried a lot of different recipes to gain weight, but nothing helped. And only thanks to the advice to eat dates and cucumbers did she manage to recover. Aisha is undoubtedly right in considering this particular recipe to be the most successful. After all, 1 kg of dates contains about

3000 calories, which may well be the daily minimum for an active person. Dates are mentioned 20 times in the Koran, this emphasizes their important role in human life and shows the advantage and non-randomness of the preferences and choices of Islam. Surah Maryam speaks of Maryam, who, like all women, while awaiting the birth of a child (Isa), experienced suffering and unbearable pain: She approached the trunk of a date palm tree, unable to endure labor pains, and exclaimed: “Oh, if only I died before that and would have been forgotten forever!” Then (Isa) cried out from his bosom: “Do not be sad, your Lord has created a (cool) stream near you. So shake the trunk of the palm tree and fresh dates will fall on you. Now eat, drink and be glad...” (19:23-26) Modern science has established that dates are an important component of a complete human diet. They contain almost all the necessary vitamins: sugar, fats, proteins, etc. It is not for nothing that the Prophet attached such great importance to them. The Prophet is known to have said: “A horse without dates is a horse without food.” The Prophet himself grew date palms. Scientific experiments have shown that dates contain special stimulants that strengthen the muscles of the uterus in the last months of pregnancy. And this, in turn, not only makes childbirth easier, but also reduces the period of postpartum bleeding. Archaeological finds show that wild dates were used by the ancestors of the Arabs as early as 5,000-7,000 years ago. In a papyrus written between 1700 and 1500 AD. BC e., contains recommendations for the treatment of toothache with olive oil, dates, onions, and beans. In addition to the above, dates also contain elements that enrich mother’s milk with essential vitamins, increasing the baby’s body’s resistance to many diseases.

The date palm is native to Arabia and North Africa, where it has been grown for 4,000 years. The fruits (dates) are oblong berries 2-7 cm long with a sweet, nutritious pulp surrounding a hard seed with a longitudinal groove. An annual harvest of 45-90 kg of fruit is considered good, although not maximum, for one date palm. Trees begin to produce it at the age of 10-15 years, and their exploitation can continue for another 100-200 years. There are more than 300 varieties of dates. The color of the fruit varies from almost black to light yellow; There are even blue-gray dates. In addition, dates are the sweetest fruits. There are about 70 varieties of date palms and the same number of types of fruits, which are eaten both fresh and dried. It is also important to note that dates contain special elements that eliminate depression, which is very typical for pregnant women. Considering all these factors, dates are recommended by nutritionists as the best food for pregnant and lactating women. Modern scientists claim that dates are also effective against respiratory diseases, and nutritionists recommend giving dates to unbalanced children suffering from nervous disorders.

Dates and the birth of a child Abu Musa sh reported: “I had a child. I brought it to the Prophet, he named him Ibrahim, made a takhnik and read him a dua so that Allah would preserve and bless him” (al-Bukhari and Muslim). After the birth of a child, it is Sunnah to anoint his lips and mouth with sweet date pulp. This must be done after the words of praise to Allah are read into his ears, then first the adhan (the first call to prayer) is pronounced in his right ear, and then the iqamat (the second short call to prayer) is pronounced in his left ear, so that the shaitan does not seduce the child from the true ways.

It's done like this. As a rule, the baby's mother chews the date thoroughly, then takes a small part of it with her finger and places it in the newborn's mouth. Then, with light movements of the finger to the right and left, massages the child’s upper and lower gums and the baby’s oral cavity with this mass, so that the sweet mass is distributed throughout the entire oral cavity. If you don't have dates, you can use any sweet product. The main thing is to fulfill this Sunnah, the purpose of which is to positively influence the future character of the child with a feeling of sweetness from birth. All these actions are accompanied by the reading of health prayers and good wishes to the child. This process of massaging the baby’s gums and mouth is called takhnik. Dates as a stimulant of the body's resistance to poisoning Aisha said that the Prophet once said: “There is healing (tiryak) in the dates of the Upper River, if you eat them early in the morning (bukra) on an empty stomach” (Muslim). In Ahmad’s interpretation, this hadith sounds like this: “There is healing in pressed dates or dates from the Upper Rivers, or tiryak, if eaten early in the morning (bukra) on an empty stomach.” Saad narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever eats seven pressed dates for breakfast every day will not be poisoned (and will not be bewitched that day” (al-Bukhari, Muslim). Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: “Pressed dates from Paradise, and in them there is a cure for poison (samm), and truffles are from manna, and their juice is a cure for the eyes" (At-Tirmidhi, Ahmad). The Messenger of Allah (S) said: "Whoever eats seven dates grown in the area between the two lavas of Medina, before dawn, one will not be poisoned until the evening" (Muslim). Al-Bukhari conveys this hadith as follows: "He who begins the morning of each day with pressed dates is not afraid of either poison (samm) or witchcraft ( sihr) that day until the night.”

The meaning of the terms Bukra is the time at dawn before sunrise. Lyabateyka - its two lavas - meaning Medina, located between the lava fields. Lyaba is solidified lava, rocky terrain of volcanic origin. Ibn al-Athir wrote: “Medina is located between two huge volcanic plates.” Al-Asma'i said: "This is a land covered with black stones, and the two lavas are two areas devoid of vegetation, a depression to the east of Medina and covered with thick grass to the west of it." Samm is a poison or any poisonous, poisonous substance that, when it enters the body, disrupts life processes and completely stops them (Al-Mujam al-Wasit). Ibn Hajar, in his commentary to Ibn al-Qayyim, defined samm as the poison of worms living in the stomach (Fath al-Bari Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari). Tiryak are medicines and ointments used to remove poison from the body. In Al-Mu'jam al-Bacum, tiryak is called a means that mechanically prevents the absorption of poison into the stomach and intestines.

Hadith Data Seven pressed dates grown in the Upper River, that is, in Medina, eaten early in the morning, protect against poisoning and the evil eye throughout the day until night. Pressed dates, especially from Medina, when eaten on an empty stomach, have anti-toxic properties, and dates from the Upper Medina heal the body of poison already in it, neutralizing or eliminating it before it begins to act. It is the Medina dates that are more effective, from those that grew in the area between two volcanic plates, as stated in the hadith.

Data from scientific research and experiments Scientists carefully studied the properties of Medina dates, and especially those growing in the Upper River region, their properties after pressing and established their composition, compared them with other varieties of dates and found out that between Medina dates and dates from other places there is a difference in composition and properties. They found that daily intake of 7 Medina or other dates on an empty stomach has a positive effect on the state of the immune system in terms of the production of various cells that respond to external and internal poisons in the human body. It was also found that pressed Medina dates, in particular dates from the Upper Reaches, as well as other varieties of pressed dates, influence the treatment of diseases associated with exposure to external and internal toxins on the body.

External toxins: a) toxins that enter the body with the bite of a scorpion, snake or lizard; b) toxins entering the body through the mouth, nose or skin; c) toxins that enter the body with certain medications. Internal toxins: a) toxins secreted by microorganisms, such as the causative agents of typhoid fever and diphtheria; microbes that cause food poisoning, etc.; b) toxins produced during the digestion process and causing complex chemical reactions in some organs of the body (liver, kidneys).

Chemical composition of dates Scientists from the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Reiease 14 (July 2001) after special chemical analyzes confirmed that 100 g of dates contain: • Vitamins: A - 0.090 mg, B - 0.070 mg, B2 - 0.030 mg , C - 2.707 mg, E - 0.100 mg, niacin - 2.200 mg, riboflavin - 0.100 mg, pantothenic acid - 0.780 mg, folacin -13 mcg. * Nutrients: proteins - 1.97 g, fats - 0.25 g, water - 22.5 ml, fiber - 7.5 g, carbohydrates - 73.41 g. • Minerals: iron (Fe) - 1.32 mg, copper (Cu) - 0.210 mg, magnesium (Mg) - 50 mg, sodium (Na) - 41 mg, potassium (K) - 64 mg, calcium (Ca) - 58 mg, phosphorus (P) - 40 mg, sulfur (Se) - 43.8 mg, zinc (Zn) - 0.29 mg, manganese (Mn) - 0.298 mg. • Cholesterol - 0.0%. * The energy value of dates is 275 Kcal per 100 g.

The healing properties of dates Traditional medicine has long attributed many good deeds to dates: they “generate good blood,” relieve fatigue and lower back pain, and treat colds in the lungs. But this “once juicy fruit” became most famous in the erotic field. The fact is that frequent consumption of dates can significantly increase the amount of male semen. The date palm is not only beautiful, but also provides fragrant shade and wonderful nutritious fruits. Palm leaves are used to make mats and household utensils; Fibers and thin stems are used to weave ropes, nets, and make bags and various fabrics. Dates contain elements that have the properties to compress and tighten the walls of the uterus, promoting successful labor. Moreover, they help stop heavy postpartum bleeding. Fasting Muslims usually begin their fast with dates. Arabs often eat dates with milk, yogurt, bread, butter and fish. This combination is undoubtedly tasty, nutritious, and beneficial for both body and mind. One of the rare healing properties of dates is cancer prevention. Desert inhabitants, whose diet constantly includes dates, are almost completely unaware of this disease. Thus, cancer patients are advised to eat dates in large quantities. In Arabic medicine, dates are used as an expectorant, emollient, antitussive, and also to stimulate lactation. Dates are very nutritious, help with facial paralysis, have a beneficial effect on overwork and physical fatigue, and colds. A decoction of dates and rice is a good remedy for dystrophy. This decoction is also great for indigestion. Its recipe is as follows: pour 5 washed dates with a glass of water and boil for 15 minutes, cool, remove the seeds, crush the pulp and add the decoction; mix a glass of boiled rice with the resulting mixture and eat for dessert. Dates are an excellent dietary product for those who monitor their health and strive for proper nutrition. They are also rich in calcium, which means they help strengthen bones. If the level of calcium in the human body falls, this leads to brittle bones, teeth and other diseases. Dates can quickly restore strength in case of overwork and physical fatigue. It is known that in the first years of the formation of Islam, dates were an integral part of the diet of warriors—companions of the Prophet—dates were usually carried in special bags attached to the sides of the body. They are known as an excellent stimulant of muscle activity and are the best food for a warrior before battle. Dates also contain essential elements that are very effective in preventing the development of stomach cancer. It is very interesting how the illiterate Prophet in his time could have learned about this? Of course, the All-Knowing God told Him everything.

Dates and fasting Muslims who observe fasting usually begin breaking their fast with dates. According to the companion Salman ibn Amir ad-Dabbi sh, the Prophet Sh said: “When one of you breaks his fast, let him break his fast with dates, and if he does not find dates, let him break his fast with water, for, verily, it purifies” (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi). It is reported that Anas t said: “The Messenger of Allah always broke his fast before prayer [by eating several fresh dates, if there were no fresh dates, then three] dried dates, and if there were no dried dates, he took a few sips of water” (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi ). The Prophet sometimes combined dates with bread or with ghee, preferring al-ajwah, that is, pressed dates, among all types of dates. The use of water and dates, established by the Sunnah, is an excellent combination with which the fast is broken without subjecting the human body to shock, that is, a sharp decrease in blood pressure. The benefit also lies in the fact that after eating dates and water, a person has time to determine the needs of his body before eating anything else. Moreover, after just half an hour, a person who eats dates regains strength and energy. Low blood sugar often leads to a person experiencing an excessive feeling of hunger. And after eating just a few dates, this feeling disappears, since they contain quickly digestible glucose. Thus, if a fasting person first eats dates when breaking his fast, then he will be satisfied with a small amount of food and will not overeat, thus causing harm to his spiritual and physical health (after all, it is known from hadiths that overeating is the main cause of many diseases and hardness of heart). Due to the fact that dates are a valuable food that supports life, the Prophet ordered them to be given in the form of zakat al-fitr. Ibn Umar said: “The Messenger of Allah ordered alfitr, consisting of dates or barley,” (al-Bukhari). Abu Said al-Khud-rit said: “We distributed this (busy alfitr) during the time of the Prophet in the amount of one saa of food, and our food was dates, barley, raisins and curds” (al-Bukhari).


Gastrointestinal gas formation There are pressed dates with ground black cumin.

Remedy for eyelash growth and lengthening Burn and grind several pressed dates. Before going to bed, line your eyes with the resulting powder.

Colon disorder and pain Take 1 tbsp on an empty stomach. a spoonful of honey and then eat 7 pressed dates (preferably Medina). And in the evening before going to bed, take 1 teaspoon of camel hay oil and drink 100 ml of black cumin decoction.

Dystrophy Often drink a decoction of dates with rice.

Anemia, impotence and chronic fatigue Place 10 fresh dates in a liter jar, add 1 teaspoon of ginger, 1/8 teaspoon of cardamom and a pinch of saffron. Seal the jar and leave it in a warm place for at least 2 weeks. After that, eat a date every morning.

Migraine When treating migraine, it is advisable to start with a back and neck massage. Next, the doctor will prescribe homeopathic medicines. In addition, you should drink Chinese green tea daily, as it lowers intracranial pressure. During the first weeks after starting treatment, it makes sense to drink an infusion of horsetail herb (1/5 cup 3 times a day) and eat 50-100 g of dates daily.

Recipe for cleansing and strengthening the colon Consume dates often after taking pure honey.

Nervous diseases Eat dates with a glass of milk.

Exhaustion and thinness Eat dates more often along with nuts, such as peanuts. Recipe for improving mucus discharge and soothing joint pain Make date honey and drink 3 times a day.

Cancer Mix dates, honey, black cumin and Alexandrian leaf (caste), taken in a 1:1 ratio. Consume in small portions. By the will of Allah, cancer will be cured. (Tested.)

Strengthening (tonic) agents Grind an equal amount of pressed dates, camel hay, black myrobalan, ginger, cinnamon and mix everything with honey, heating over low heat. Then pour coconut milk over the mixture and eat it like jam. Also, the use of dates is recommended: • for physical fatigue and exhaustion; • for respiratory diseases; • for cardiovascular diseases; • for anemia, anemia; » to prevent the development of stomach cancer; • to increase the amount of male semen; • with impotence; • for nervous system disorders; • for successful labor (dates contain elements that have the properties of compressing and tightening the walls of the uterus); • for seasickness and motion sickness; • for colds; • to protect against miscarriages; • to strengthen the capillary wall; • to protect the stomach from ulcers and cancer; • to improve digestion, eliminate gastrointestinal disorders; • to improve vision, reduce eye fatigue; • to increase blood circulation, reduce high blood pressure; • to reduce side effects from many antibiotics. Dates prevent aging and prolong life; recommended: • for enriching mother's milk with vitamins for the full development of a healthy child, increasing the baby's body's resistance to many diseases; • for healing bleeding gums; • to strengthen the immune system; • to prevent the formation of carcinogens; • reducing the likelihood of blood clots, helping to increase resistance to infections. Modern nutritionists recommend giving dates to children who are unstable and suffer from nervous disorders. Dates are also recommended: • to prevent heart disease and blood pressure related diseases; • for the treatment of edema and dizziness caused by diseases of the inner ear; • with premenstrual syndrome; • to regulate blood sugar; • to remove heavy metal ions from the body; • to eliminate depression in pregnant women; • to prevent arthritis; • to suppress pain (contain substances similar in structure to aspirin). Some doctors believe that dates reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. It is known that dates activate metabolism in the body and reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.

Contraindications and side effects Daily consumption of 7 dates improves the body's resistance, maintains health and helps treatment.
If you do not consume dates in large quantities, you do not have to worry about side effects. 1) People with digestive disorders are advised to use dates carefully, as they take a long time to digest. They should be eaten without the peel. 2) Patients with diabetes should also be careful. 3) Abuse of these fruits can cause severe headaches. 4) Dates take a long time to digest, so it is not recommended to eat them 1.5-2 hours before bedtime. When copying this material, a link to the site is required. It is worth looking at the following material:
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What are the benefits of dates?

Dried fruits are extremely beneficial for the human body. Here are the benefits of eating exotic fruits:

  • dates normalize digestion;
  • improve intestinal function due to indigestible dietary fiber;
  • are the prevention of cancer;
  • speed up metabolism;
  • reliably protect against viruses and increase immunity;
  • help with ARVI;
  • stabilize the functioning of the kidneys and urinary tract;
  • reduce high blood pressure.

And this is not a complete list of all the beneficial properties of fruits.

Benefits of dates for women

The beneficial properties of dates for women are that:

  • The fruits have a beneficial effect on the female body, relieving nervousness and stress.
  • Regular consumption of dried fruits helps improve vision;
  • Also, 2-3 fruits can relieve flatulence and constipation.
  • With the help of dates you can increase hemoglobin;
  • You can eat dates after childbirth to quickly restore the body;
  • Eating dates helps prevent breast cancer.

For men

The beneficial properties of dates for men are that:

  • libido increases;
  • erection improves;
  • depression and apathy disappear;
  • intestinal microflora is normalized;
  • waste is removed;

If a man plays sports or wants to build muscle, then dried fruits will help him gain muscle mass very quickly.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding

During pregnancy, doctors strongly recommend consuming these exotic fruits. After all, they contain all the necessary vitamins for the growth and development of the fetus.

So, what are the benefits of fruits during pregnancy:

  • The fruits help replenish the deficiency of calcium and potassium in the body of the expectant mother;
  • Dates contain folic acid. It is an important element for the intrauterine development of the fetus;
  • Fruits also help rid a pregnant woman’s body of edema;
  • Eating exotic fruits normalizes blood pressure.
  • Dried fruits have a positive effect on the development of the fetal central nervous system.
  • Fruits are great for helping with insomnia.

It is a known fact that taking dates has a beneficial effect on the pelvic floor muscles, strengthening them. Dates are a great way to improve lactation. Exotic fruits help with milk production, making it nutritious and healthy. However, they do not cause stomach upset or colic in the child.

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What are dates rich in?

1. Dates are very rich in fructose, as a result of which the body receives the most important nutrient - sugar.

2. Dates are easily digestible and do not force the gastric system of a fasting person to work at full capacity.

3. Dates reduce the feeling of hunger of a fasting person, which allows you to postpone excessive food intake, so as not to cause digestive disorders.

4. Dates prepare the stomach for food intake after it has not “worked” during the day, activating the secretion of digestive juice.

5. Dates help prevent constipation as a result of dietary changes.

6. Alkaline salts in dates regulate blood acidity, which is the result of overeating meat and carbohydrates, which are the cause of diabetes, kidney stones, gallbladder inflammation, high blood pressure and hemorrhoids.

Can children have dates?

Dates have a great effect on the child’s immune system. They protect against viruses, strengthen the baby’s teeth and bones, and are very useful for the child’s brain activity.

Benefits of dried fruits for children's bodies:

  • Dates are a source of quickly digestible carbohydrates. Therefore, after breakfast with the addition of dried fruits, the child will be full of strength and energy for the whole day;
  • The fruits have a gentle effect on the intestines and eliminate constipation;
  • Helps with dysbiosis;
  • They prevent anemia.

Dried fruits can be introduced into a child’s diet from the age of 1.5-2 years. But this should be done very carefully.

Initially, you can give one fruit and watch the baby’s reaction. If there is no allergic reaction to the product, then you can regularly prepare dishes from these fruits. For example, children simply adore dried date compote. You can also add them to cereals, baked goods and much more.

Dried dates: benefits and harms

Dried date palm fruits are no different from fresh ones. They contain all the useful vitamins and microelements necessary for the human body. Dried fruits are useful for heart, liver and kidney diseases. Also, eating dates has a beneficial effect on the immune and nervous system.

Despite all the benefits of eating fruits, dried fruits can harm the body in some cases, for example:

  • For diabetes. Dried fruits greatly increase blood glucose;
  • If you are overweight. Fruits are high in calories and have a high glycemic index of 140 units.
  • Dried dates with pits can lead to the development of dental caries due to their high sugar content. Therefore, after use, you must brush your teeth thoroughly.

Dates: how to choose and how to cook

Dates can be eaten fresh or dried, but since we can only find dry dates, we will tell you how to choose and cook them.

Do not buy dates that are too wrinkled (although they should have wrinkles) or those with crystallized sugar and mold on the skin.

You can store dates for a whole year in a container with a tightly closed lid in the refrigerator, and in the freezer for five years.

Various dirt easily sticks to sticky dates, which can lead to serious intestinal disorders. Purchased dates should be washed thoroughly.


Date dishes: from roast to dessert

Dates can be served plain or used in sweet and savory dishes: from tagines (oriental dishes made from cereals and meat) to desserts, breads and drinks. If you decide that dates can become a permanent component of your dishes, then you should learn how to cook them not only with sweet dishes (they are used in the same way as other dried fruits or candied fruits), but also cook meat and poultry with them.

Dates perfectly complement the taste of classic pilafs, which are prepared on the basis of fatty pork or tender chicken. You can also prepare lean pilaf with lentils, raisins and dates. In cereal couscous, meat can also be replaced with dates and other dried fruits. Chopped and lightly boiled dates can be used to improve semolina, rice, and millet porridges with milk, which are prepared for children. In hot dishes, dates go well with fried chicken and complement lamb stew.

In the East, dates are today processed industrially into paste, cubes, spreads, syrup or “honey,” powder (date sugar), vinegar and alcohol. The latest innovation is carbonated date juice, a kind of non-alcoholic version of Arabian champagne.


Chicken with dates

  • 1 PC. chicken;
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil;
  • 3 large onions;
  • 2 tbsp. honey;
  • 3 cups chicken broth;
  • 0.5 kg. dates, always pitted;
  • juice squeezed from 2 lemons;
  • 1 tsp saffron, 1 tbsp. cinnamon salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Cut the chicken into portions, add salt and pepper. First, heat the oil in the largest frying pan you have at home, then fry the chicken in it until done. Important - the chicken should have a golden fried crust. Place chopped onions, spices, honey and broth into the frying pan in the fat from the chicken.

Bring the whole mixture to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat and lower the chicken pieces into it. Close the lid and simmer for a few minutes, then add the dates, pour in the lemon juice and add the saffron. Cook for another 5-10 minutes. The dish comes with a very rich sauce, so it is better to serve it with some neutral side dish, for example, steamed rice.

Date pits: application and beneficial properties

The seeds from these exotic fruits are also useful. For example, they can be taken to treat bladder and kidney stones. To do this, you need to dry the seeds and grind them thoroughly using a blender. Then brew with boiling water, cool and filter. The decoction should be drunk once a day.

You can also wash your eyes with a decoction of the seeds for conjunctivitis.

Oil is made from the seeds of the fruit, which is then used in cosmetology. It is added to anti-aging serums, creams and body scrubs. Date kernel oil is actively used in various SPA procedures.

Dates for weight loss

Nutritionists do not recommend eating more than 3-5 dried fruits per day. This is due to the fact that they have an extremely high calorie content and glycemic index. By the way, they will not help you lose weight, but will only add extra pounds to your original weight. It is best to eat 3-4 dried fruits per day, instead of sweets, and adhere to proper nutrition than to follow dubious mono-diets on exotic fruits. A diet based on dates, designed for 3 weeks, with proper nutrition and exercise, can still help you lose excess weight. The main thing is that after completion, do not indulge in junk food, but stick to the same diet as during the diet. Otherwise, the weight will return.

How to choose dates when buying

To choose ripe and healthy dried fruits, you need to follow some recommendations when purchasing.

  • First of all, pay attention to the appearance of exotic fruits. They should have a matte, dark brown color. Choose dried fruits without cracks or foreign odors.
  • The skin of dried fruits should never peel off. Otherwise, this means that the fruit is overripe and possibly rotten.
  • The fruits should not be too hard or too soft.
  • Try to buy dates that are not too stuck together in a lump. If they are shiny and very stuck together, this may mean that they have been treated with sugar syrup. There will be no benefit to the body from such fruits.
  • It is desirable that the dried fruit has a pit. Otherwise, there is a possibility that pests could get in there. The calorie content of dates with pits is 277 kcal per 100 grams of product.

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Date syrup: benefits and applications

Date syrup is a popular and, most importantly, healthy sugar substitute. The syrup contains a lot of iron, vitamin B and C. The calorie content of the syrup is 190 kcal per 100 grams of product.

Date syrup is obtained by squeezing the juice from fresh fruits.

Benefits of using date syrup:

  • improves complexion;
  • relieves swelling;
  • increases hemoglobin;
  • improves immunity;
  • is the prevention of malignant neoplasms;
  • can be used for weight loss;
  • has a positive effect on the functioning of the nervous system.

Dates are the healthiest fruit and medicine

Dates are the healthiest fruit you will ever eat and provide numerous benefits.

Improves digestion The fiber in dates improves digestion. Sweet fruits also contain essential nutrients that help in treating various diseases. Dates treat heart problems, prevent stroke, normalize cholesterol levels and prevent the development of abnormal cancer cells.

Dates suppress appetite and can be used as a substitute for refined sugar.

Iron Dates are one of the biggest sources of iron and are recommended for those dealing with anemia. 100g of dates provides 0.90g of iron or 11% of the recommended daily intake of this mineral. Iron improves oxygen supply to the brain.

Will prevent strokes Potassium in dates strengthens the nervous system and reduces the risk of stroke by 40%.

Brain Food Phosphorus is important for the functioning of your brain.

Relieves diarrhea Calcium supports intestinal flora and helps eliminate diarrhea.

Dates are known for their detoxifying effects. They improve digestion and relieve constipation. Soak a few dates overnight and drink the liquid the next morning.

Libido In the morning, soak dates in goat's milk, stir in cardamom and sweeten with honey. This will fix your energy level and potential. This combination will make your sex life more interesting.

Strong Heart Soak the dates overnight and blend them the next morning. This smoothie is important for your heart health.

Weight loss Dates will help you regulate your appetite and melt away those extra pounds. Be aware that they are loaded with sugar and try to eat in moderation.

Lowers blood pressure Eat 5-6 dates and you will get 80 mg of magnesium. This mineral dilates blood vessels. According to scientists, a dose of 370 mg of magnesium can help you lower your blood pressure and keep it under control.

Vision Vitamins are very important for your vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin are beneficial for the retina and macula. These two improve vision and prevent any age-related damage to the macula.

Dates also prevent postpartum depression and give you more milk

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Are dates washed?

Exotic fruits must be washed before consumption. Because before reaching stores, fruits go through a very long journey from collection to transportation.

Also, for better preservation of fruits, they are treated with sulfur dioxide or sugar syrup. All this can negatively affect health and cause irreparable harm.

How to properly wash dates:

  • Dried fruits must be washed with warm, but not boiling water.
  • Before this, they need to be sorted, removing all spoiled fruits.
  • Then you need to put the fruits in a colander and rinse.
  • Then lay it on a towel and let it dry.
  • All. Dried fruits are ready to eat.

Transportation and processing of dates

So, there are no date palms nearby, so their fruits are supplied from abroad. Most often from Algeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt and Israel. If you've tried drying fruits and berries at home, you know that the process takes a lot of time and you can't dry a lot at one time. But on an industrial scale, the highest temperatures and more are used for this.

Dried dates lose their marketability, and manufacturers decide to bring it back by soaking the dried fruit in a solution of glucose and sugar syrup , which causes even more dirt and germs to stick to the dates. Then the product is treated with sulfur dioxide, fat and edible wax.

This way the product “survives” long-term transportation intact and intact. Now answer the question yourself: is it necessary to wash dates before eating? Yes, especially if the product is not packaged but sold by weight.

Harm of dates and contraindications

Excessive consumption of fruits can cause significant harm to the human body, as well as:

  • for kidney disease;
  • for obesity;
  • for caries;
  • with increased stomach acidity.

Eating dried fruits is contraindicated for many diseases, for example:

  • allergic reaction to the product;
  • individual intolerance;
  • diabetes mellitus;
  • hypotension;
  • liver diseases;
  • gastritis;
  • ulcer.


Lyudmila, St. Petersburg

Dates are one of my favorite delicacies. They contain a lot of useful substances and vitamins. To get the required amount of vitamins, it is enough to eat just a handful of fruits. This is simply wonderful. I feel light in my stomach and filled with energy. I replaced baked goods and sweets with dried fruits. And so far I don’t feel a strong craving for harmful sweets. You just need to eat them 3 hours before going to bed, because they take a very long time to digest.

Yulia Yurievna, Novosibirsk

During pregnancy, the doctor recommended that I eat dates daily, as they contain folic acid B9. It promotes the proper development of the fetus. All vitamins contained in dried fruits are quickly and easily absorbed by the body. And this is undoubtedly beneficial for the baby. It is also useful to eat dried fruits in late pregnancy. They contain oxytocin. They have a beneficial effect on the muscles of the uterus and relieve hypertension. In general, I recommend it to pregnant women. But you shouldn’t get too carried away with them in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy.

Tamara, Ufa

I used to be indifferent to dates. But after the birth of my child, I constantly wanted sweets. Accordingly, she began to quickly gain weight. I read on the Internet about the benefits of these fruits and decided that I would not eat any more sweets. I'll try replacing them with dried fruits. Of course, I wasn’t sure that I could last long on them. But for 6 months now I have absolutely not eaten sweets, I even drink tea with these fruits. The results are amazing: excess weight disappeared, the figure began to look toned and, most importantly, health improved. I am very glad that I decided to replace useless products with these fruits. Just don't overdo it, they have a very high calorie content.

How one date a day can benefit your health

Mentioned in the Qur'an more than any other fruit-bearing tree, the date palm is often associated with Islam and Muslims, and the fruits of this tree were dear to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The word “dates” appears more than 20 times in the Holy Quran. During the month of Ramadan, these fruits are a common component in the diet of Muslims in all corners of the world.

So why is it still recommended to break your fast with dates?

Doctors have found that low blood sugar often leads to a person experiencing an exorbitant feeling of hunger, and after eating just a few dates, the feeling of hunger disappears. Thus, if a fasting person first eats dates when breaking his fast, then he will then be satisfied with a small amount of food, will not overeat and will not cause harm to either his spiritual or physical health.

The discoveries of modern science confirm almost all these theses. According to them, these fruits are so enriched with useful substances that a person can live for several years eating only them. Ten dates a day are enough to meet a person’s daily needs for magnesium, copper, sulfur, half the need for iron, and a quarter of the need for calcium.

Perhaps this was the secret of survival of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his companions in conditions of need and famine. As Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said, sometimes a month would pass and the fire would not light in their house, but “We survived only on dates and water” (Bukhari).

  • Among the features of dates is that they:
  • are not transmitters of any bacteria, microbes or parasites hazardous to human health;
  • are an excellent tool in the fight against harmful amoeba;
  • contain substances that kill pathogenic bacteria in the human body;
  • dates are an indispensable food and medicine for astronauts, and they are also much healthier than caviar;
  • dates contain substances that promote increased contraction of the muscles of the uterus, which greatly facilitates the process of childbirth for a woman, making it quick and not so painful;
  • hadith - “Give dates to the woman in labor. If you cannot give her fresh dates, then give her dried ones, because there is no tree more beneficial for a woman than the date palm" (Umdat al-Qari, 21:68).
  • Dates contain vitamin A, which supports and improves vision at night; due to the presence of vitamin B, dates are very useful for the normal functioning and development of the muscular system;
  • dates improve appetite; eating dates on an empty stomach kills parasites;
  • Let us remember the hadith: “Eat dates on an empty stomach in the morning, because they kill worms” (Kanzul-Ummal, X,26).
  • Dates are a fruit, food, medicine, drink and sweetness. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Dates are the fruits of Paradise. They have healing properties against poisoning” (at-Tirmidhi). But this is not the only ailment in which dates can help restore strength and improve the condition of the body. So, eating dates is recommended in the following cases:
  • with mental stress. Dried dates are believed to have a beneficial effect on the brain,
  • increasing its productivity by 20% or more;
  • with physical fatigue and exhaustion. Just half an hour after consuming dates, even a very tired person will regain strength and energy;
  • for respiratory diseases;
  • for cardiovascular diseases. Thanks to its high potassium content. In case of heart failure, dates stimulate the activity of the heart, serve as a tonic and strengthening agent, and restore strength after a long illness;
  • with anemia, anemia;
  • to prevent the development of ulcers and cancer of the stomach and intestines. Pectin and dietary fiber enhance intestinal motility, thereby preventing the development of cancer;
  • to increase the amount of male semen;
  • with impotence;
  • for disorders of the nervous system;
  • for successful labor. It is very useful for women to consume dates to restore the body after childbirth. Scientific experiments have shown that dates contain special stimulating substances that strengthen the muscles of the uterus in the last months of pregnancy. And this, in turn, not only facilitates the process of childbirth, but also reduces the period of postpartum bleeding;
  • for seasickness and motion sickness;
  • for colds;
  • to prevent miscarriages;
  • to strengthen the capillary wall;
  • to improve digestion and eliminate gastrointestinal disorders. Dates are very beneficial for digestion, they have a cleansing effect on the digestive system. And the Russian scientist I.I. Mechnikov recommended consuming dates for intestinal disorders;
  • to improve vision, reduce eye fatigue;
  • to increase blood circulation, reduce high blood pressure;
  • to reduce side effects from many antibiotics;
  • to prevent aging, dates prolong life;
  • to enrich mother's milk with vitamins. The use of dates by nursing mothers helps to enrich breast milk with many of the most important vitamins for the full development of the child, increasing the baby’s body’s resistance to many diseases. Therefore, it is these fruits that modern nutritionists recommend for pregnant and lactating women; for healing bleeding gums. The minerals contained in dates are very important for teeth. They are one of the substances that build and strengthen dental tissue. This is the reason for the benefits of dates for teeth;
  • to strengthen the immune system;
  • to prevent the formation of carcinogens;
  • to reduce the likelihood of blood clots, helping to increase resistance to infections;
  • for children who are unbalanced and suffering from nervous disorders;
  • to prevent heart disease and blood pressure-related diseases;
  • for the treatment of swelling and dizziness caused by diseases of the inner ear;
  • with premenstrual syndrome in women;
  • to regulate blood sugar;
  • to remove heavy metal ions from the body;
  • to eliminate depression in pregnant women;
  • to prevent arthritis;
  • to suppress pain (contain substances similar in structure to aspirin);
  • to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. Sometimes patients do not have enough money for expensive medications. But this is not such an irreparable problem. The benefits of dates in the treatment of cancer are very great. The patient can eat dates, and this should definitely have a positive effect. During the year, dates can always be found in most stores at a relatively low price;
  • to improve metabolism in the body and reduce cholesterol levels in the blood;
  • in the treatment of helminthic infestations of the liver and jaundice, due to the presence of vitamin B, dates are an excellent addition;
  • like date sugar poultices. They are effective for muscle pain.

Since sun-dried dates have a sticky surface and can become contaminated with contaminants and bacteria, they should not be left out in the open air for long and should be washed before use.

Considering this entire list of problems that can be solved by including dates in the list of consumed products, it is not surprising that the first product of a child (newborn) according to the Sunnah is a date. As we know, it is sunnah after pronouncing takbir to chew a date and anoint the baby’s palate with it. Thus, the first food of a newborn person becomes almost the most nutritious and healthy product, the absence of which the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, equated to the lack of food in general. Thus, from Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, it is reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said: “In a house where there are dates, there will never be hunger” (Muslim). And in another hadith: “A house in which there are no dates is like a house in which there is no food” (Ibn Majah).

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