Like most dried fruits, dates are very rich, but they also have many benefits in addition to being delicious. In this article, we will look at the main benefits of dates before moving on to my recipe for dates covered in dark chocolate.
As I mentioned in the introduction, the date is a food that contains a lot of calories and is mainly made up of carbohydrates. It is true that today we tend to be cautious when it comes to sugar, which is correct. So what is the point of eating dates?
High in fibres
With approximately 7 g of fibre per 100 g serving, dates are an effective source of dietary fibre whose benefits to our health are well known.
The fibre in dates slows down digestion and ensures a progressive intake of sugar. It is for this reason that, despite all the sugar it contains, the date has a low glycemic index (between 44 and 53 depending on the variety of date, 55 being the upper limit to be considered a low glycemic index).
High in minerals
Dates are also a good source of potassium and iron. It also contains phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. The high potassium content is good for your brain because a diet rich in potassium reduces the risk of stroke and has a positive effect on blood pressure.
High in antioxidants
Compared to other dried fruits, dates contain more antioxidants including flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid. These three types of antioxidants have many beneficial effects on our body and also help to reduce the risk of developing various diseases. In general, we should therefore encourage a diet high in antioxidants.
But let’s get to the recipe!