Dates enjoy a long history of as a source of sustenance in the Middle East and North Africa. For centuries, Bedouins have extolled its health virtues and today, international research proves its benefits as a superfood.
Aligning with various traditions, such as the breaking of fast during the holy month of Ramadan and, of course, being served alongside a steaming cup of Arabic coffee, dates are a mark of hospitality across Arabia.
Middle East-based date producers Bateel – the founders of the “gourmet date”, have compiled a comprehensive summary of the nutritional value found within the brand’s delicious, guilt-free treats.
Great source of energy
With high levels of natural sugars, including glucose and fructose, Bateel’s dates are a healthy snack choice. The fruit contains only trace amounts of sucrose, and can be used as a healthy substitute to white sugar. Add it to your breakfast meal for an instant energy boost or to refuel after an afternoon workout.
Low in calories
Dates are the ideal snack for when you’re craving something sweet, with just 34 calories per fruit.
Low in fat
Dates are very low in saturated fat and have zero trans-fat and cholesterol. While fats are essential to our diet, experts recommend getting between 20 and 35 percent of calories from total fat, with most coming from sources of ‘good’ fat – i.e., dates!
High in polyphenols
Bateel’s dates contain more polyphenols than most other fruits and vegetables. Polyphenols are a group of plant-based chemicals that act as antioxidants. The compounds are said to help prevent cellular damage, protect the body from inflammation and lower the risk of several chronic diseases. The fruit also has high levels of other disease-fighting antioxidants, such as flavonoids and carotenoids.
High in fibre
Eating a small serving of just three dates contains almost 25% of your recommended daily fibre intake. Experts claim that women need 25 grams of fibre per day, while men need 38 grams. A high-fibre diet helps to maintain a healthy weight, while reducing the risk of diabetes and heart conditions.
Rich in minerals
Dates are packed with essential minerals, including copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron and high levels of potassium. This mineral-rich combination is also ideal in preventing bone-related conditions, such as osteoporosis.
Organic and all-natural
Bateel takes great pride in its organic ethos. Time-honoured farming methods are chosen above any chemical intervention, ensuring that every date from our farms is packed with the powerful goodness of nature. Research proves organic foods are more beneficial thanks to a greater level of nutrients and fewer pesticides, compared to their conventionally-grown counterparts.
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