Why are Dates So Good for you?
''When one of you breaks his fasting, let him break it on dates; if he does not have any, break his fast with water for it is pure.'' Prophet Muhammed (SAW)
Hello! I hope you are aöll doing well and for those fasting, that you are keeping up with it. I am totally obsessed with dates and eat them all the time. During Ramadan, I actually eat them every day, at the time of breaking the fast, as it is Sunnah- the teachings, deeds and saying of Prophet Muhammad.
Dates have been around for several thousands of year; they are believed to be one of the oldest cultivated fruits of the world. Originally for the Middle-east and Africa, they are now cultivated all over the world.
There are more than 2000 types of dates. The medjool date is the most commonly available, at least in the US and in Europe. In Chad, we often have drier types.
Coming out of Central Sahara, they are very much part of my people’s diet. I just eat them on their own or use them for cooking, baking etc. I enjoy my dates raw, like in my birbiri, the original energy balls, based on an age-old family recipe (check it out here!). Another favorite way of using dates is in backing- check my brownie recipe for some inspiration.
We have known as nomads in the desert where ressources are scarce, that dates are a great source of energy packed with many vitamins, mineral and fibers. Some people also keep a date seed under the tongue for a long time after eating the fruit, as this make you salivate and hence, prevent your mouth from drying out.
My dad usually starts his day with seven dates. I remember as a kid that my maternal grand-father did the same. We also used dates to sweeten tea, milk and other foods. Dates not only bring a sweet taste, but they are also packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are also high in sugar. However, despite the high level of sugar, dates are still considered on the low glycemic index. They are then, still a great substitute to refined sugar, a perfect way to break Ramadan fast and a welcome addition to any diet (as approved by your healthcare provider).