[ Hanafiee Azlee, 14th April 2022 ]
Ramadhan Kareem to all of our Muslim friends! I hope that you have had a beautiful Ramadhan so far! May this month be filled with a boundless amount of blessings and good energy. Bazaar is up and running and I am most definitely excited about the exotic food and drinks that can be found there!
Right, without further ado, let us jump into this blog!
Does anyone here love to eat dates?
These nutritious berries are known to be the fruits of Phoenix dactylifera, or better known as date palms. The species is commonly cultivated in northern Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, as well as many tropical and subtropical locations around the world. These palms can grow up to soaring 30 meters ,100 feet, tall, either alone or in clumps with multiple stems coming from a single root system.
They are slow-growing and can live for over 100 years if properly cared for. Date fruits are oval-cylindrical in shape, measuring 3 to 7 centimeters, about 1 to 3 inch in length and 2.5 centimeters in diameter, with a red to bright yellow color depending on variety. Dried dates are naturally sweet, containing 61–68 percent sugar by mass, and are eaten as desserts on their own or in confections.
These fruits have their own beautiful history and it is also stated evidently in the Quran, explaining how it is beneficial to the human body. One of the reasons why dates are so commonly eaten during the Ramadan period is because it consists of so many nutrients. Dates have a high carbohydrate (total sugars, 44-88%), fat (0.2-0.5%), 15 salts and minerals, protein (2.3-5.6%), vitamins, and a high percentage of dietary fiber content (6.4-11.5 percent ).
A few seeds of dates can make someone feel full quickly and last for quite a long period of time. Henceforth, dates are quite commonly eaten during the early morning breakfast, also known as Sahūr, before the Muslims commence their day of no eating and no drinking until the sun has set. So if you're looking to get your fasting Muslim friends a gift, dates are the ideal treat!
High in Fiber
Dates are high in fiber! Having enough fiber in your body helps with your bowel movements. Fiber is a carbohydrate that the body is unable to digest. Fiber, unlike most carbohydrates, cannot be broken down into sugar molecules and hence travels through the body undigested. Fiber helps to keep hunger and blood sugar levels in check by regulating the body's usage of glucose. By eating 7 dates per day, dates can help with increasing your fiber percentage!
High in Disease-Fighting Antioxidants
Dates include a variety of antioxidants that have a range of health benefits, including a lower risk of a variety of ailments. Free radicals are unstable chemicals that can create detrimental reactions in your body and contribute to disease. Antioxidants protect your cells from them. Dates tend to have the highest antioxidant content when compared to related fruits like figs and dried plums.
Excellent Natural Sweetener
Planning to use fruits as your natural sweetener in any of your pastries? Well you can definitely consider using date syrup as one of your options! Date itself is a ball full of sugar, a high source of fructose, and because it consists of minerals, fiber, and antioxidants , they make an excellent healthy replacement for white sugar in recipes! Though, it can be quite addicting, especially for those who have a sweet tooth, it still can affect your health if consumed at a huge percentage. So, be careful!
May Promote Brain Health
As crazy as that sounds, it has actually been scientifically proven that eating dates has helped with improving memories! Dates have been shown in lab studies to help lower inflammatory markers in the brain, such as interleukin. High interleukin levels have been linked to an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. All in all. dates may aid in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease by reducing inflammation and preventing plaque formation in the brain.
Fruits are one of the wonders of nature that has helped with the evolution of the human race. From the earliest stage of civilization till now, fruits have been of the important sustenance that we benefit from! Most fruits are filled with all things benign but some can be quite toxic to the human body! So, don’t pluck out any fruits you see hanging on the streets