Deliciously sweet, perfectly chewy, and oh-so-versatile.Those reasons alone can convince you to eat more dates, but did you know that dates are also nutritional powerhouses? Here are four incredible nutritional reasons why we should all be excited about dates.
Natural Sweetness: Dates offer a natural and wholesome way to add sweetness to your dishes, smoothies, or snacks without the need for refined sugars. Choosing dates as a snack offers a nutritious alternative to processed snacks (like a candy bar,) helping you maintain a balanced diet.
Dietary Fiber: Dates are a good source of dietary fiber, which supports digestive health by promoting regular bowel movements, preventing constipation, and nurturing a diverse gut microbiome. The fiber and nutrient content in dates also contribute to feelings of fullness and satisfaction, potentially curbing overeating and assisting in weight management.
Energy Boost: The natural sugars in dates provide a quick and sustained energy source, making them a perfect snack to fuel your active lifestyle or combat midday slumps. Dates can also aid in post-exercise recovery by replenishing glycogen stores and supporting muscle repair.
Blood Sugar Regulation: Despite their sweetness, dates have a low glycemic index, which means they are digested slowly and can help regulate blood sugar levels. (This only applies to Mariani Pitted Dates and Mariani Organic Pitted Dates – we use a little powdered dextrose, a simple sugar, to prevent our Chopped Dates from clumping – both in the bag and your dish!)
From our family to yours,
Natalie Mariani Kling, CCN