Dates as a medicine


Due to the numerous beneficial ingredients that they contain, dates as a medicine are of paramount importance in combating with a variety of health problems such as anaemia or osteoporosis. They have exceptional nutritional value and contain a number of dietary fibre, which we need for better bowel movement and good digestion. Our body, immediately after consuming feels sense of satiety and instantly suppresses a strong hunger. Children are free to consume it because their natural sugar is a much better alternative than artificial that is abound in unhealthy sweets. They can also be used moderately during pregnancy.


Dates, the delicious fruit from date palm trees, is an indispensable ingredient in the preparation of many sweets, spreads, syrups, puddings and soft drinks, and is used as an addition to a wide variety of dishes. It is most frequently consumed in combination with bread, milk or yoghurt. Dates are oriental fruits that are rich in minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and manganese, and the regular consumption has a preventive effect on the occurrence of cancer. Selenium, copper, and magnesium in turn allow the healthy development of bones and strengthening them, and dates as a medicine can be a great ally in the fight against osteoporosis. In addition to minerals, fruits contain vitamin B complex, A and K, as well as natural sugars such as glucose, sucrose and fruletoze, however, because of the high energy value it can be used as a substitute for regular meals. They contain a lots of soluble fibre, which facilitates the passage of food through the digestive tract, which encourages digestion and prevents constipation and eliminates the appearance of constipation. Studies have shown that dates greatly enhance the work of the heart because, among other things it lowers the levels of e-LDL cholesterol in the blood, and thus reduces the risk of heart attack. Due to very high concentrations of iron this fruit is suitable for anaemic people, but regular consumption reduces the feeling of sluggishness and weakness. Dates as a medicine is especially recommended for people who are subjected to intense and prolonged mental effort, because it very effectively stimulates brain activity. Moreover, dates are also used in the fight against eye diseases, because they regenerate cells and relieve eye damage.

Although dates are known to have a relatively high glycaemic index, this fruit is nevertheless very useful for our overall health. Proteins that are introduced from dates will go much faster in the muscles. In 100 grams of dates there are 307 calories, so please take this into account if you are currently on a diet. There is a rich variety of vitamins B5, B1, as well as an important folic acid, minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium which are a phenomenal source of energy that will quickly regain your strength, restore energy consumption, while at the same time will not disrupt the balance of the body, nor will it cause a decline in sugar. Because of the high concentration of the aforementioned nutrients, dates make us feel full, and facilitates weight loss. If early in the morning (on empty stomach) you eat a few dates, they will provide a good bowel movement, and it will give your body all the necessary sugar. How it does not contain cholesterol, they do have a lot of sugar so you can gain a lot of weight if you eat them a lot, again do not overdo it. Look at it this way: a kilogram of dates contains over 3,000 calories, which represents a minimum for physically active people, for all of you who are not active it will cause obesity. Another interesting feature is that the doctors often recommend that people practice fasting. When the fasting stops the best recipe for you is to have dates with water, which will replace the sugar in the best possible way.


Now when we know how much dates are useful as a medicine for our health, the time has come for some interesting recipes with dates. In addition to the phenomenal taste which is mostly contributed to the oriental fruit, it is good to know that they are healthy and above tasty. Here is what we have prepared for you:

Oatmeal with a banana and dates

  • three ripe bananas cut into slices,
  • two cups of oats,
  • one cup of dates, finely chopped,
  • three tablespoons of cold-pressed oil,
  • one teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preparation: In a deeper plastic container put bananas, and mash them well. Add cereal, dates, oil and vanilla. Stir well, then let it sit for about fifteen minutes. Make balls, however, arrange them in a baking pan lined on a baking paper. Now bake them (in the pre-heated oven) at 180 degrees until you notice that they are getting a yellowish colour. Remove the balls and leave it to cool completely, and then serve.


Necessary ingredients:
  • 220 grams of whole wheat flour,
  • a fresh yeast,
  • one lemon, grated,
  • eggs - 4 pieces
  • a cup of brown sugar,
  • four tablespoons of olive oil,
  • 100 ml of milk
  • 50 grams of peeled pistachios,
  • three tablespoons of washed raisins,
  • dates - 5 pieces finely chopped,
  • olive oil and flour for dusting the pan, a little milk, and a scoop of brown sugar

Preparation: In a little warm milk dissolve yeast and sugar, and let it foam. In a bowl place the flour, the yeast and the grated lemon peel. Mix the ingredients, then add raisins, dates, walnuts and pistachios. Meanwhile, in another bowl pour the sugar and eggs, then whisk gently until foamy. Then add oil, stir well, then gradually replenished milk and continue with the mixing. When a mixture of egg yolk and milk is prepared, add it with the wooden ladle with the first. Mix until the mixture unites, and let it sit for half an hour. Cover the baking pan with baking paper, oil and sprinkle flour and pour the mixture into it, and bake in pre-heated oven at 180 ° C for about half an hour. Pierce the dough with a fork in several places, to get rid of excess air. When the cakes of dates are done, let it cool a bit, then serve.


In the end we will prepare dates in this extraordinary combination with local honey and green tea, here are essential ingredients:
  • dates 100 grams chopped into cubes and a few full of dates that will later need for decoration,
  • chopped vanilla sticks,
  • 1.5 dl milk
  • 250 grams of yogurt,
  • little local honey,
  • 3 dl of green tea,
  • 3 fresh mint leaves.

Preparation: In a bowl pour the milk, then add the pieces of vanilla and dates, and mix everything. Allow it to stand overnight in the refrigerator. The following day, remove the cooled mixture, and remove pieces of vanilla. Use mixer to whisk milk and dates, and put the mixture again back in the fridge to rest in order for ingredients to better integrate with each other. Then add the yoghurt to the mixture.  Pour the cream into bowls for dessert, add some local honey and put a few of the above dates for decoration. Cook and drain the green tea, and add mint leaves to settle in a little liquid. One or two tablespoons of tea pour over each portion of dates, if desired, garnish with mint leaves, and serve.

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