What are Dates?
Phoenix Dactyliferous, commonly called date, comes from the family of flowering plants of the palm family. The fruit is grown on Date Palm trees in clusters under the palm tree's fronds. These trees are easily found the in the Middle East where dates have been a staple for centuries. Dates are tricky to harvest and to ensure an abundant harvest, they are hand pollinated also.
Can Diabetics Eat Dates?
Ask any Diabetic and you will find that dates figure on their ' Do Not Eat' list. That doesn't have to be the case. According to experts, diabetics can also benefit from the high fiber content of dates. It is okay to eat 2-3 dates a day for diabetics so long as they exercise caution and maintain healthy eating habits overall.
The nutrients present in dates are easily digestible. Every date palm consists of dietary fiber, iron, potassium, vitamin B, B6, A and K, tannins, copper, magnesium, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin. All of them help in improving your body's metabolism.Dietary Fiber: It helps to reduce blood pressure and inflammation. Also, consumption of insoluble fiber helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Iron: Iron helps to produce healthy red blood cells which are responsible for carrying oxygen in your veins.
Potassium: Only diabetics suffering with some sort of kidney disease need to be careful while consuming potassium as high levels of it will result in the malfunctioning of their kidneys. As far as other diabetics are concerned, you don't have to worry about this.
Vitamin B1: When it comes to diabetics, thiamine, that is, Vitamin B1 protects you from nerve damage that you may face because of diabetes.
Vitamin B6: This vitamin helps you to have a healthy nerve system and is useful in treating diabetic neuoropathy.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps you to retain your eyesight by fighting against diabetic retinopathy, a condition leading to loss of eyesight for the people suffering from diabetes.
Vitamin K: It activates proteins and calcium which helps in clotting of the blood.
Magnesium: It helps in reducing your chances of getting Type 2 Diabetes because when a person is suffering from diabetes, he/she loses magnesium because of their elevated blood-sugar levels.
Manganese:Manganese helps in regulating your body's blood-sugar levels.
Vitamin B5: Also, known as Pantothenic Acid, reduces the risk of neurological problems and a burning sensation in the feet, both of which are common in diabetic cases.
Vitamin B2: Riboflavin or Vitamin B2 is known to improve your body's metabolism and promote the overall health of the nervous system.
Dates are amazing as they are rich in fiber and so many other nutrients. Enjoy the benefits and eat a spoonful of chopped dates in your bowl of daliya, breakfast cereal or kheer this winter!
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