Are Dates good for you?

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    Aug 24, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    Im talking about the fruit. I absolutely love them and eat the shit out of them all the time. I wanted to know if I am shooting myself in the foot or if they are actually good for you.

    Let me know, thanks!
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    Aug 24, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    Simurgh saidIm talking about the fruit.
    I dated a fruit once. It was only good for the first night.
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    Aug 24, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    Medjool dates when they are partially dried are particularly awesome!
    They are chewy and but soft enough. One has to get good quality ones or they are crap.
    Some fresh dates are great frozen, pitted and skinned. They taste somewhat like ice cream. Removing the skins from them (easiest when they are frozen) is helpful since dates have lots of fiber and the date skin rip through the digestive system (in a bad way).
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    Aug 24, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC saidMedjool dates when they are partially dried are particularly awesome!
    They are chewy and but soft enough. One has to get good quality ones or they are crap.
    Some fresh dates are great frozen, pitted and skinned. They taste somewhat like ice cream. Removing the skins from them (easiest when they are frozen) is helpful since dates have lots of fiber and the date skin rip through the digestive system (in a bad way).


    That is good to know Ill remove the skin from here on out. That is good, though, them having lots of fiber, isnt it?

    I have to try them frozen now.
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    Aug 24, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Simurgh said
    BuddyinNYC saidMedjool dates when they are partially dried are particularly awesome!
    They are chewy and but soft enough. One has to get good quality ones or they are crap.
    Some fresh dates are great frozen, pitted and skinned. They taste somewhat like ice cream. Removing the skins from them (easiest when they are frozen) is helpful since dates have lots of fiber and the date skin rip through the digestive system (in a bad way).


    That is good to know Ill remove the skin from here on out. That is good, though, them having lots of fiber, isnt it?

    I have to try them frozen now.


    Yeah- remove the skin from the fresh ones (when frozen), not from the partially dried ones (Medjool - eat those room temperature as is). They're all very sweet and still full of fiber.
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    Aug 24, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDried fruit in general has too much sugar. The more recent research now indicates that fructose (even the natural unprocessed kind from fruits - not high fructose corn syrup) stimulates fat gain.

    I would rather get similar nutrition from sources that do not contain as much sugar.

    One of the theories pertaining to fat gain (related to 'natural' fructose from fruit) is that harvest time during the fall allowed people to eat a plentiful supply of sugary fruits right before the winter. From a biological standpoint, the sugars helped people gained some fat because of the lack of food for the entire winter. So people sort of lived off of the fat they accumulated from the fall harvest. But nowadays we have fruit available 365 days a year. So fat gain may be harder for people to get under control for people who eat a lot of fruit.

    I'm not saying to avoid fruit. But generally, the darker the berry/fruit the more nutrition it has ounce per ounce. I stick to berries of all sorts. They pack more nutrition and are lowest in sugars compared to most fruits.

    I avoid dried fruits, if I were to eat them I would consider them a cheat meal, not something to be eaten for health gains.

    With all this being said I still support eating nine to eleven servings (four ounces is a serving) of fruit and vegetables. However, as mentioned above the fruit sources come from berries and the rest come from cruciferous veggies.


    But Dates are very very dark, so you are saying that undried dates are very good for you then?
  • LJay

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    Aug 24, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    Being a diabetic, I am cautioned not to binge on dates. They have a LOT of sugar. Still, a baked date pudding with real farm cream poured over it was one of my very favorite desserts as a kid.

    The very short local season for fresh figs is happening now. Damn, they are amazing. Seek them out and try them if you possibly can.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 25, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    I love date shakes
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDates are only dark once they ripen. And they turn a bit darker from the drying process. I think the skin is dark but the innards are lighter. I don't remember entirely as I have not eaten any in quite awhile.[...]

    I don't think America grows many dates agriculturally. Hence, their heftier price tag.


    Clusters of dates are golden-orange on the tree.
    California (and probably other SW states down there) grows excellent quality dates sold in regular supermarkets.
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDried fruit in general has too much sugar. The more recent research now indicates that fructose (even the natural unprocessed kind from fruits - not high fructose corn syrup) stimulates fat gain.

    I would rather get similar nutrition from sources that do not contain as much sugar.
    Or, what I do is put them (dates and other dried fruits and berries) in with my homemade trail mix. That way it's only a minimal amount of sugar per serving.
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    Aug 25, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDates are only dark once they ripen. And they turn a bit darker from the drying process. I think the skin is dark but the innards are lighter. I don't remember entirely as I have not eaten any in quite awhile.[...]

    I don't think America grows many dates agriculturally. Hence, their heftier price tag.


    Clusters of dates are golden-orange on the tree.
    California (and probably other SW states down there) grows excellent quality dates sold in regular supermarkets.


    Yea California grows dates, theirs are very dark, and not oranged colored. I find those dates to not be as flavorful as California ones though.

    To be honest, dates taste too good to be good for you, its like eating caramel that grows on trees!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 26, 2011 6:26 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidHealth benefits of dates

    ■Wonderfully delicious, dates are one of the most popular fruits with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, required for normal growth, development and overall well-being.

    ■Fresh date is made of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and dextrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, dates are being used to breakfast during Ramadan months.

    ■The fruit is rich in dietary fiber which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. It is also a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.

    ■Dates contain many health benefitting phytonutrients flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties.

    ■They are a good source of Vitamin-A (contains 149 IU per 100 g), which is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. Vitamin A also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

    ■Also rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen free radicals and are found to be protective against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.


    ■Zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions; thus it offers protection against age related macular degeneration in elderly individuals.

    ■Dates are an excellent source of iron, contains 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.

    ■Also, dates are rich in potassium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.

    ■They are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper and magnesium. Calcium is an important mineral that is an essential constituent of bone and teeth, and required by the body for muscle contraction, blood clotting and nerve impulse conduction. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth.

    ■The date fruit is rich in B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. These vitamins are acting as cofactors help body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Vitamin K is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood as well as in bone metabolism.
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    And there's a really good recipe for a sort of 'fake chocolate' made out of dates and cocoa and something else. I can't find the exact recipe, but if you google Chocolate Date Balls, you'll find some other similar recipes.

    I know if I had a chocolate date right now I would definitely want to stick those balls in my mouth....yummm.


    nice google cut and paste-too bad they are the only balls you could get in your mouthicon_lol.gif
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    Aug 26, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    Both kinds of dates make you fat.
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    Aug 26, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    miamimasseur saidBoth kinds of dates make you fat.


    qft why is dating so fattening, every time I go out on a date I swear I eat like a hog.
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    Jan 31, 2012 8:33 AM GMT
    Chainers saidIm talking about the fruit. I absolutely love them and eat the shit out of them all the time. I wanted to know if I am shooting myself in the foot or if they are actually good for you.

    Let me know, thanks!


    Reviving an old thread but just thought that I would agree with you Chainers - I could easily become quite addicted to them!
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    Jan 31, 2012 8:35 AM GMT
    Mmmmm I had delicious Medjool dates wrapped in bacon and stuffed with gorgonzolla at Erwin in Chicago. Mind you 3 dates for 10 bucks was a bit pricey.
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    Jan 31, 2012 8:47 AM GMT
    I notice Merjool dates have been mentioned a few times - what makes them superior to other dates?

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    Jan 31, 2012 1:03 PM GMT
    miamimasseur saidBoth kinds of dates make you fat.

    you are what you eaticon_idea.gif-op has large wonky nips that look like two irregular dates-the fruit.
  • mikey_101

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    Jan 31, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    I love Dates.... the caramel flavour is quite intense if you have cut refined sugars from your diet.... you realise just how sweet things real are.

    I have all but cut them from my diet as trying to get as lean as possible.

    Try this if you get a chance though...........

    Cover the bottom of a oven dish with pitted dates,
    make a mixture of mollassas and tahini,
    spread the mixture over the dates,
    grill untill the smell is overpowering,
    pour on creme and tuck in.

    This is magical.... myuch more than the sum of the individual parts - theres magick in there
  • jackalan996

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    Mar 13, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    Date is the good for health. it increase the skin freshness
    also increase the metabolism and maintain the blood pressure,
    If you use it in the morning it keep the body active and reduce the fat.
    it have many minerals and vitamins like iron, copper and magnesium.
    it also benefit for heart tissues...

    San Diego Weight Loss
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    Mar 13, 2012 5:56 AM GMT
    I like them stuffed with water crescents and wrapped with bacon and sprinkled with brown sugar. You throw those into the over until the bacon cooks and the the juices caramelize. It's divine.