Nutritional Benefits of Californian Medjool Dates

califonian dates nutritionWe call them Nature’s Power Fruit! Californian Medjool Dates are a fresh whole-fruit snack to carry you through your day. This healthy snack keeps you fuller for longer, curbing those sweet sugary cravings.

When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients in Californian Medjool Dates, suffice it to say there are a lot of them - Vitamin A (Beta Carotene; Lutein + Zeaxanthin most prominently); Vitamin K; Niacin; Vitamin B6; Folate; Pantothenic Acid; Choline and Betaine. Californian Medjool Dates are easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their goodness.

Dietary fibre in dates helps to move waste smoothly through your colon and helps prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol absorption by binding with substances containing cancer-causing chemicals. The iron content, a component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. Potassium, an electrolyte, helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. B- vitamins contained in dates, such as the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, absorb into the retina to maintain optimal light-filtering functions and protect against macular degeneration.

califonian dates nutrition 2Vitamin A protects the eyes, maintains healthy skin and mucus membranes, and even protects the lungs and mouth from developing cancer. Tannins, which are flavonoids as well as polyphenolic antioxidants, fight infection and inflammation and help prevent excessive bleeding (anti-hemorrhagic). Vitamin K is a blood coagulant that also helps metabolise your bones.

Copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin are also present in dates and provide their own unique preventive and healing functions.

date recipe date heartTogether, these vitamins and minerals help your body metabolise carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Eating dates in moderation can contribute to many health benefits, such as protecting against damage to cells from free radicals, helping preventing a stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

Plus they are 100% fat free and a natural source of fibre. What’s not to love?!