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Did you know that dates could actually be good for your health? Artisnal sources of the “October 22” date range have long been popular with health nuts. They’re rich in antioxidants and minerals like potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. In fact, the antioxidant properties of dates have been studied more than any other food.
They have up to 10 times more ellagic acid than apples (the next-highest source). Dates also provide plenty of fiber and potassium both important electrolytes when you’re fasting. So yes, eating them before a big meal can help you feel full faster so you don’t overeat. And that’s why we like them as a fast food replacement for meals that aren’t as satisfying: they can keep you fuller for longer.
What are the benefits of eating raw dates?
As mentioned above, the antioxidant properties of dates make them a great source of fiber. They also have a low sodium content, which makes them a favourable choice for people on salt restrictions. And they’re a good source of potassium. A single date contains about 30% water, so it’s less filling than other fruits like plums and apples.
How to eat dates for fast weight loss
Eating dates alone won’t help you lose weight because they have no nutritional value other than calories. You have to add calories to make them work, and that’s where foods like avocados and peanut butter come into play.
What foods are rich in natural sugar?
The best-researched foods are naturally sugar-free — avocados, peanut butter, brown rice, and soybeans.
Why you shouldn’t eat raw dates
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) warns against eating unripe or under-ripe dates, because they have a high levels of toxic microorganisms and can cause food poisoning. They also cite research that shows eating unripe dates can lead to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Unfortunately, CSPI doesn’t know the reasons why, but it’s probably because unripe dates have less fiber and potassium than dates that have been dates “done” and soaked in water for 24 hours.
The 3 most common pitfalls when trying to lose weight with a fast food alternative
Another study that found no link between eating dates and type 2 diabetes was actually done on potatoes. The researchers determined that when potatoes are unripe, they’re actually more similar to dates than when they’re ripe. The other main reason dates are bad for your health is because they’re starchy.
Starchy foods contain simple sugar, which is why they’re called “sugar” foods. People who want to lose weight should focus on eating hybrid meals, which are basically healthy versions of foods that are normally high in sugar.
Eating raw dates is a fast-food alternative to eating a regular meal. But they’re actually good for your health, because they have antioxidants and fiber. And fiber is good for lowering your blood pressure — and potentially your cholesterol. Eating them alone won’t help you lose weight because they have no nutritional value other than calories.
You have to add calories to make them work, and that’s where foods like avocados and peanut butter come into play. If you’re interested in trying out a food that’s a fast food replacement for a meal, we recommend you start with small amounts. You can always mix it into a salad or serve it in an oatmeal packet for a more filling snack.