Why You Should Eat Three Dates A Day

Dates are delicious small stoned fruits that grow in hot dry countries. The central stone surrounded by soft flesh means that they come under the category of drupe, like peaches and plums. Fresh dates have been eaten for thousands of years, and their ability to be dried and preserved meant that they were an important source of nutrients in the winter months when fresh fruits and vegetables were scarce in northern countries. Nowadays, apart from the Middle East, most people don't think much about dates apart from at Christmastime when they make their traditional annual appearance, along with figs and a bowl of nuts. Dates, however, deserve to form a much more important part of our everyday diet. A plethora of recent research has shown that eating one portion of dates a day - three dates - can provide many surprising health benefits. If you start to increase your daily intake of dates, these are the health benefits you might well start to notice:

1. Dates can improve your digestive health

Three dates count as one portion of the five a day recommended as the minimum daily intake of fruit and vegetables by the World Health Organisation. Our diets in the western world are often full of processed low fibre foods that are extremely bad for our digestive systems. Dates are natural, unprocessed and very high in fibre and protein. This means that they keep you full for longer, and less likely to eat between meals. The fibre remains undigested and helps to keep your digestive tract moving so that your bowel movements are regular and constipation is a thing of the past. If you suffer from any long-term digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, or leaky gut syndrome, try adding three dates a day to your diet. Eating dates, which are very low on the Glycaemic Index, has also been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

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