Dates – you need them, we have them.

Often called “nature’s candy” for its sweet flesh, dates have become a popular fruit in recent years. A sweet item that won’t rot your teeth and stomach but nourish your body instead? Sign me up! What are dates anyway? Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree commonly found in the Middle East. Although they have been a staple part of the diet in the Middle East for thousands of years, its only in the past decade that they have become a popular diet staple around the globe.

Let’s take a look at a few of the health benefits of dates.

Benefits of dates

1) Dates are incredibly nutritious.

Dates contain a significant number of vitamins and minerals. They also provide a good amount of fiber and antioxidants. A 100-gram serving of dates contains the following nutrients:

  • Calories: 277                                                                           
  • Carbs: 75 grams
  • Fiber: 7 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Potassium: 20% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 14% of the RDI
  • Copper: 18% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 15% of the RDI
  • Iron: 5% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 12% of the RDI

2) Natural sweetener.

As mentioned above, dates are often called “nature’s candy”. Dates, just like other fruit, contain fructose—a innate sugar found in fruit. They can easily be substituted for white sugar as a healthier and natural sweetener. Crown Date paste found at Checkout Superstore can be used as a 1:1 ratio instead of white sugar in baking, smoothies and much more.

3) Good source of energy.

Since dates are high in natural sugars like fructose, sucrose, and glucose, they are known to be a good source of energy. They make the perfect afternoon pick me up when you start to feel sluggish in between mealtimes. Dates can also be taken when you feel extreme hunger pangs. This will help quench your hunger for the time being and avoid overeating during mealtimes.

Break your fast with dates!

Muslims have been breaking their fast with dates for hundreds of years. Why? Well, not only is it considered a special fruit for Muslims as it is mentioned in the Quran numerous times. But it also helps stabilise the body after a long day of fasting. As we also learned above, dates are an excellent source of energy. They also help quickly normalise glucose levels in the body after a fast.

Dates at Checkout Superstore

At Checkout Superstore, you’ll find a large variety of dates from all over the world. Now instead of travelling to taste the different date delicacies that exist around the world, you can stop by your local superstore instead! It’ll definitely be easier on the wallet! Here’s a list of the different dates you can find at Checkout Superstore.

 

  • Medina Delights Khudri Dates
  • Sofra Palestinian Medjool Dates
  • Sofra Dried Dates
  • Madinahh Delight Safawi Dates
  • Crown Date Paste
  • Madinah Delight Al Madina Barni Dates
  • Madinah Delight Shalaby Dates
  • Sofra Algerian Dates
  • Sofra Large Medjool Dates
  • Medina Delights Golden Khudri Dates
  • Zaytoun Palestinian Medjool Dates
  • Crown Dates
  • Madinah Delights Premium Saudi Dates
  • Arabian Delights
  • Arabian Delights Chocodate

Dates for Charity

You can also find ‘Dates for Charity’ tins at our store. Dates for Charity tin is an initiative to provide food and water to thousands of people that go hungry in Palestine every year. The process is simple. For each tin bought for £10, a Palestinian family receives 500 litres of water. In exchange, you receive a beautiful tin with hand-picked medjool dates of the highest quality picked straight from the Jordan Valley inside Jordan. In 2017, The Date Project was able to provide 3 million loaves of bread in Syria as well as 22.5 million litres of fresh drinking water in Palestine. Learn more about this charity here.

Dates are one of those things you just can’t go wrong with. Enjoy them daily, share them with friends and family.

Happy Ramadan from Checkout Superstore! May this Ramadaan bring about prosperity and health in all aspects of your life.

 

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