Spotlight: Dates

D is for Dates – natures fudge!

Although high calorie (relative), dates are nutritionally dense.

🟀 They’re high in fibre with 7g per 100g portion. Fibre is required for good digestive health, helps prevent constipation, and by slowing digestion, helps with blood sugar control.

🟀 Dates are high in anti-oxidants such as Flavonoids, Carotenoids and Phenolic acid that reduce inflammation, promote heart health and maintain eye health.

🟀 A 100g serving of dates (about 4 with the pits taken out) contains around 18% of your daily copper needs. Copper contributes to iron absorption, helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves and immune function.

🟀 They’re super sweet, like a natural fudge so they’re a great alternative to processed confectionery.

I love to add dates to my morning oats and if I’m craving a sweet treat, or IΒ  grab a strawberry and sandwich it between 2 date halves πŸ™‚ .

Mums-to-be… Studies have shown that dates may promote and ease late-term labour. Eating dates in the later stages of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and reduce labour time. NB More studies are needed though so don’t take this as gospel!