Scientific name: Phoenix dactylifera.
Dates is a flowering plant species in the palm family Arecaceae, cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. Although its place of origin is unknown because of long cultivation, it probably originated from lands around Iraq. The species is widely cultivated and is naturalized in many tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.
Amount Per 100 grams Calories 282 % Daily Value* Total Fat 0.4 g 0% Saturated fat 0 g 0% Polyunsaturated fat 0 g Monounsaturated fat 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg 0% Sodium 2 mg 0% Potassium 656 mg 18% Total Carbohydrate 75 g 25% Dietary fiber 8 g 32% Sugar 63 g Protein 2.5 g 5% Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 3% Iron 5% Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 10% Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 10%
– Wonderfully delicious, dates are one of the most popular fruits packed with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are required for normal growth, development and overall well-being.
– Fresh dates compose of soft, easily digestible flesh and simple sugars like fructose and dextrose. 100 g of mejdool dates hold 277 calories. When eaten, they replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. For these qualities, they are being served to break the fast during Ramadan month since ancient times.
– The fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut.
– Dates are an excellent source of iron, carry 0.90 mg/100 g of fruits (about 11% of RDI). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
– Further, they are an excellent sources of potassium and offers protection against stroke and
coronary heart diseases
. – Date fruits are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.