Dates, minerals and amino acids

Dates, minerals and amino acids

It’s a shame that dates are one of those foods that are only thought about at Christmas.

Dates contain at least 15 minerals including calcium, selenium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, and magnesium. They also contain 23 types of amino acids, some of which are not present in other fruits.

The natural fibre, including pectin, in dates helps to control high cholesterol. However, they do contain a high percentage of natural fruit sugar, so eat them in moderation when you are aiming to lose weight, but they may help to satisfy a sugar craving and are much better than going for the chocolate bar or biscuits.

And combine them with a protein like nuts to slow down the release of the sugar from the dates, lowering the Glycaemic Index.

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