Author: Faheema Mahomed Ali
Date: 07 October 2022
he words “dates” or “date palms” is mentioned 22 times in the Holy Qur’an.
Sayyidah Aishaرَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهَا reported that the household of the Prophet Muhammadﷺ never ate two meals in a day but that one of them consisted of dates (Sahih Bukhari)
Dates are mainly composed of carbohydrates (70% fructose and glucose). This reservoir of natural sugars and its low glycaemic index makes dates the ideal food to consume when in need of immediate energy and to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It is for this reason it is recommended to eat dates to break ones fast.
Dates are also high in dietary fibres thereby promoting a healthy digestive system. It also contains proteins which are required for metabolic functioning. It also consists of numerous minerals and vitamins.
Dates contain a high potassium content and low sodium content which is beneficial in the regulation of blood pressure. It is also known for having properties that protect against the build-up of cholesterol and promotes effective muscle contraction. It also supports a healthy nervous system and efficient metabolism in the body.
Dates are high in Iron and is effective in the management of anaemia.
Dates also have antioxidant properties due to its high phytochemical and tannin content. It has been shown in a few scientific studies that the antioxidant activity of dates are possibly higher than that of ascorbic acid, thus making dates ideal to strengthen and support the immune system. It also plays a role in preventing cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.