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Are dates healthy? Or not?

  1. Dates have been eaten for thousands of years, especially in the Arab world, but nowadays they are suddenly insanely popular. The reason is very simple: dates are simply super tasty, and they have countless healthy properties. All the more reason to enthusiastically incorporate them into your diet, in short. So are dates healthy?

  1. Yes, but does that also mean that you can eat them unlimited? Unfortunately, it is not that easy. Today we will tell you all about the pros and cons of these fruits. We also give you a few delicious recipes at the end of this blog that you can get started right away!

Why are dates healthy?

  1. Let's start at the beginning: what makes dates healthy? The reason is very simple: they simply contain a lot of important nutrients. To begin with, they are rich in fiber, with which they positively influence, among other things, the digestion and intestinal health. In addition, they contain significant amounts of essential micronutrients.

  1. Dates are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and K - quite a collection, in other words. They also contain no less than 20% of your RDA of potassium, a mineral that keeps your blood pressure healthy per 100 grams. Copper, zinc and magnesium are other minerals found in dates.

Dates as a sugar substitute

  1. Because dates have healthy properties and are sweet, they are often used as a sugar substitute. Their sticky structure also helps: you can easily make sweet bars with it, for example! However, it is important to note dates as a â € healthyâ € ™ sweetener. Yes, dates are significantly healthier than refined sugars, but that's because they contain more healthy nutrients.

  1. They still contain a lot of sugars. You should therefore not eat too much of these kinds of natural sweeteners to keep your blood sugar level stable. Keep this in mind when preparing recipes with dates to 'avoid' the sugar!

Dried or fresh dates?

  1. Incidentally, for the sugar content it also makes a difference whether you use dried or fresh dates. Dried dates, like all dried fruit, are more concentrated than their fresh variety. This means that they contain relatively more sugars: 60 grams per 100 grams, compared to 33 grams in fresh dates. Of course, the other nutrients become more concentrated as well, but it's a significant difference nonetheless!

  1. Always pay attention to which variant is meant by a recipe. Usually it will be dried dates; the fresh ones are difficult to get in the Netherlands. If you do go for fresh dates, you will probably find them the fastest in a toko or Turkish supermarket.

Quick and simple recipes with dates

  1. Dates are of course known as a sweetener, but you can do many more. A few suggestions:

  1. Love dates? Then the date recipes on our FitChef platform are also something for you!

  2. Love dates? Then the date recipes on our FitChef platform are probably something for you!

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