Do the beneficial phytonutrients in dates make up for their high sugar content?
Are Dates Good For You?, 4.9 out of 5 based on 7 ratings
Dates are whole foods, but, by weight, are 80% pure sugar. Just to put that in perspective. Froot loops, are only 40% sugar. Half the sugar content of dates—and has fruit-shaped marshmallows, so it’s got to be healthy. Straight frosting? Only 60% sugar. And jellybeans? Only 70% sugar. Dates: 80%.
Yes, dates have fiber, they have phytonutrients, but the concern about consuming high sugar foods is that they can raise our blood sugar, raise our triglycerides, oxidatively stress our bodies, and make us fat. So, last year Israeli scientists took a bunch of people, stuffed them full of dates for a month and measured what happened.
Are dates bad for us? Does the sugar and fiber kinda cancel each other out? Or are dates good for us?
Dates are fantastic. No adverse effects on blood sugar or weight, and beneficial improvements in triglycerides and antioxidant stress levels. Check out the title of this review: possible best food? Concluding that “dates, may be considered as an almost ideal food.”…
As an aside, one date scored significantly better than the other. They’re both good, but one’s better. Medjool or the smaller and sweeter halawi dates? Without a doubt, halawi’s better.
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