Yellow Date is widely cultivated across Northern Africa, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and South Asia, and is naturalized in many tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, ranging from bright red to bright yellow in color, depending on the variety. At about 61-68 percent sugar by mass when dried, dates are a very sweet fruit.
Yellow dates have a very long origin, they are mostly cultivated and used in the Middle East and North Africa. Today they are common in both the Mediterranean, Asia, the United States, and Mexico. They have a sweet taste similar to caramel, when dried, the taste of the fruit will become richer.
Bright yellow dates grow in large clusters hanging from the tops of trees. When ripe, their skin turns brown and wrinkled like raisins, this is when they are harvested. Yellow dates have a very large seed in the middle and are not edible. Dried and fresh yellow dates are available all year round, but the freshest ones are from November to January.
The edible portion is flavored and textured, sweet, and fragrant. They are usually sold in a dried form, but they are still a very nutritious fruit and bring a lot of health benefits.
Yellow date is very nutritious
Yellow dates contain excellent nutritional values. If they are used in the form of drying then they will have a high-calorie content equivalent to raisins and dried figs. Fruits in the fresh form will be much fewer calories:
- Calories: 277
- Carb: 2.7 oz
- Potassium: 20% of daily recommended needs
- Magnesium: 14% of daily recommended needs
- Copper: 18% of daily recommended needs
- Manganese: 15% of daily recommended needs
- Iron: 5% of daily recommended needs
- Vitamin B6: 12% of the recommended daily requirement
In addition, in yellow dates, many compounds have antioxidant effects, protecting the body.
Benefits for health
Fighting disease: Free radicals cause harmful reactions in the body and can lead to disease. Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals by neutralizing them. Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that have been studied for their potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain types of cancer.
Moreover, carotenoids have been found to have positive effects on cardiovascular health and eye diseases, including macular degeneration. The anti-inflammatory properties of phenolic acid make it a powerful weapon against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Scientists suggest that eating yellow dates regularly can improve brain function, prevent encephalitis, slow the aging process of nerves, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Including yellow dates in your diet can improve your memory and academic performance. According to the actual experiments, women should start eating 6 yellow dates a day at the 37th week of pregnancy to make childbirth easier.
During pregnancy, yellow dates may act as an oxytocin mimic by binding to oxytocin receptors in the body and mimicking its effects. This can result in contractions during labor. Yellow dates are also rich in tannins, which have been shown to help in contractions. Sugar and calories, which are vital for sustaining energy levels during labor, are also naturally found in them.
Even though yellow dates are high in fiber and nutrients, they are still quite high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.
How to use
The simplest way is to use yellow dates as a dessert with sweetness and attractive scents. You can make cookies with yellow dates. You don’t need to add sugar and flavorings because you already have the natural taste of yellow dates.
Mixing yellow date with oatmeal in a blender is also a good idea for high-energy meals.
Use yellow date as a natural sweetener: You can use the powdered yellow date that is produced by the processing of yellow date combined with recipes rich in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants that yellow date provides. Fruit flesh is high in fructose and therefore very sweet, so you can use powdered yellow dates to replace white sugar in recipes.
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