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Frequently Asked Questions about Dates

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Dates are the sweets drops of heaven, as they are mentioned in many religions. Eating them is like eating chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, and toffees all in one soft fleshy fruit, but without the consequences of notorious sugar!

In this article, we have gathered some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Dates with their answers to make everything clear about these wonderful dried fruits. If you can’t find your answer in the items below, you can ask us by contacting our customer service team.

You can find out more about dates and their history on our other blog posts on Everything about Dates: What are Dates and what do they taste like?, History of Dates and Health Benefits of Dates.

So here we go, here are some of the most asked questions alongside with their answers:

 

Top 10 Dates FAQs:

  • I’ve heard that Dates have a rich history, what is it?

  • How do Dates grow?

  • What is the difference between Fresh and Dried dates?

  • Can people be allergic to Dates?

  • What is the season for Dates? How long they are available?

  • How are Dates harvested?

  • Are dates good for pregnant women?

  • Can dates really help you go into labor?

  • Are Dates diabetic fruits?

  • Do dates increase the sugar level?

Other FAQ on Dates:

  • What are the different types of dates?

  • Can I eat Dates in the keto diet?

  • Can dates stop craving for sweets?

  • Where do Dates come from?

  • Are Dates good for weight loss?

  • Are Dates fattening?

  • What is the best time to eat dates?

  • How to eat Dates?

  • Are dates good for constipation?

  • Do dates have carbohydrate?

  • How can I store Dates?

  • Which countries produce the best Dates?

  • Who are the best Iranian Dates suppliers?

  • How many Dates can I eat per day?

  • What happens if I eat too many Dates?

  • How should I prepare dates for a recipe?

  • Can you eat fresh dates?

  • Does eating dates have health benefits?

  • Are Dates bad for dogs?

  • Are dates low or high fodmap?

We get a lot of these questions every day, so we answered the most asked questions about the Date fruits here:

 

I’ve heard that Dates have a rich history, what is it?

Fossil studies show that the date palm has existed for at least 50 million years.

For many generations of Egyptians, dates have been viewed as a symbol of fertility, growing up almost miraculously along rivers and oases in the driest deserts. The tree has been described in bas relief, on monuments, and coins. Its shape is even believed to have inspired a style of columns in Greek architecture.

Greek mythology relates the date palm to the immortal Phoenix. In Natural History, Pliny the Elder describes the phoenix bird, who would raise again at the top of a date palm. After 500 years, the bird would catch fire from the flames of the sun and would be reborn from its own ashes. Some myth has it that the date palm would die and come back to life again along with the bird. You can get more information about the history of Dates in our other blogs.

 

How do Dates grow?

Dates are the tropical stone-fruits grown on the date palm (phoenix datylifera) with origins going back more than 5,000 years ago to the Persian Gulf area of the Middle East.  The fruits ripen in large clusters, morphing in color, texture, and flavor while on the tree, from light green, crunchy, and astringent to soft, chewy, and delicious, in varying tones of brown. Some types are usually drier or smaller; others darken nearly to black.

 

What is the difference between Fresh and Dried dates?

Fresh and dry dates are different in six things:

  • Shelf-Life: Dry dates have less moisture so they can stay fresh for a longer period of time.
  • Calories: The moisture content in dates reduces with ripening and drying. When the moisture level decreases, the natural sugar in dates concentrates, which enhances caloric content.
  • Nutrients: There is not much of a significant difference between the nutrients of dried dates and fresh dates.
  • Macronutrients: While fat and protein only differ slightly, the carbohydrate content in dried dates is twice the amount of fresh date carbs.
  • Micronutrients: Dried dates are a better source of Iron and calcium than fresh dates. Fresh dates are a better source of vitamin C.

 

Can people be allergic to Dates?

Can people be allergic to Dates?

Date is one of the perfect foods due to their rich nutrition profiles, but they can cause many difficulties for those who have date allergies.

Most reactions are limited to itching and inflammation in the mouth and throat, but others can experience more critical symptoms, in general, there are three types of dried date fruit allergy:

  • Dried Date Fruit Mold Allergy 
  • Dried Date Fruit Sulfite Sensitivity
  • Date Fruit Pollen 

Talk to your allergist or doctor if you have any unusual symptoms after eating or touching dates. You may require allergy testing to determine the severity of your reaction, or to find out if you have allergies to other nuts.

 

What is the season for Dates? How long they are available?

Date palms usually begin to bear fruit in April or May and ripe around late August to September. A single palm can provide 200 to 300 pounds of date fruits per year and can be harvested many times during a season, as the dates do not develop all at once.

How are Dates harvested?

How are Dates harvested?

Most dates are harvested at the fully-ripe “Rutab” (light-brown and soft) and “Tamar” (dark brown and soft, semidry, or dry) grades, when they have much higher levels of sugars, lower contents of moisture and tannins, and are softer than the “Khalal” stage dates.

 

Are dates good for pregnant women?

There is no definite evidence that shows dates should not be consumed during pregnancy. They are full of nutrients that can be great for both the mother and the baby. Eating dates on pregnancy can have many benefits such as:

 

  • Natural sugar

Your body needs a lot of energy during pregnancy, and sugar is the fastest provider of energy. Dates are loaded with fructose (the fruit sugar) and is a healthy alternative for white sugar.

 

  • Plant-based protein

As your body grows to accommodate the baby, so does the fetus. Your body needs a significant number of proteins to support this growth. Proteins are the building blocks of your body. Dates are rich in protein, so they can help you with that.

 

  • Fiber

Fiber helps you promote and maintain a healthy digestive system, which can be very beneficial in dealing with pregnancy-related constipation. Dates are rich in fiber, so if you consume them during pregnancy, you will prevent constipation.

 

  • Folic acid

Folic acid or folate promotes the formation of new cells and prevents anemia. Dates are rich in folic acid, so they can help you avoid dangerous congenital disabilities, which may damage the spinal cord and brain of your baby.

 

  • Vitamin K

Dates are a great source of vitamin K, which plays a crucial role in blood clotting and bone strength. Your baby is generally born with low levels of Vitamin K, so it can be constructive for the baby.

  • Iron

Dates are rich in fiber which plays a critical part in many metabolic processes and prevents anemia in the baby and makes immunity stronger.

 

  • Potassium

Potassium is one of the most crucial electrolytes in our body, which helps you with maintaining the blood pressure, heart health, and water balance during pregnancy, and they can be found in dates.

 

Can dates really help you go into labor?

Can dates really help you go into labor?

Some studies have found that consuming date fruit in late pregnancy, around 70-80 grams a day, may:

  • increase cervical ripening
  • Reduce the need for medical labor induction or augmentation
  • have a positive effect on postpartum blood loss

Some researchers claim that dates have an oxytocin-like effect on your body, which is why it may lead to enhanced sensitivity of the uterus and help stimulate contractions just like oxytocin does.

 

Are Dates diabetic fruits?

According to experts, the high fiber content of dates can be beneficial for people with diabetes too. It’s okay to consume 2-3 dates per day for diabetics as long as they exercise and maintain a healthy diet.

 

Do Dates increase the blood sugar level?

Yes, if you eat 3 dates and also consume other sweet delights, they will shoot up your blood sugar levels. but if you be careful with your eating choices and include a 30-min exercise in your daily routine, then a couple of dates when craving sweets may not be wrong after all.

 

What are the different types of Dates?

What are the different types of Dates?

There are more than 200 different varieties of dates with different shapes and flavors, but all of them are the same in nutrition. Such as: Medjool Dates, Piarom Dates, Deglet Noor Dates, Mazafati Dates, Barhi Dates, Rabbi Dates, Thoory Dates, Sayer Dates, Dayri Dates, etc.

 

Can I eat Dates in the keto diet?

Actually, No. Keto diet is a high-fat low carb diet where you should lower your daily carbohydrate intake to 5%, and dates are somehow high in carb. They are also loaded with fruit sugar, and the dried ones have even more sugar content. In keto diet, you should eliminate your carb intake, including fruits –because of their fructose content. You can use a small amount of stevia if you need an alternative for sweeteners.

 

Can Dates stop craving for sweets?

Yes, they can. Dates are very sweet, and they have a hint of caramel, chocolate, and cinnamon in their flavor profile. So, it would be like eating a chocolate bar. Although they are loaded with nutrients, they should be consumed in moderation due to their high calories. Fruits and dried fruits like dates are healthy. But fructose is also a form of sugar, so treat your sweet teeth with a limited number of dates to prevent weight gain or blood sugar rush.

 

Where do Dates come from?

Where do Dates come from?

Dates are assumed to have originated in the middle east around Iraq and Iran. They have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt. Egyptians used Dates to make date wine for the harvest.

 

Are Dates good for weight loss?

Yes, but you should mind their calories. if you are looking for a quick way to drop some weight before an upcoming event and don’t have time for changing your eating habits, you can try the milk and dates diet. Healthy enough to help you get fit without feeling fatigue or hungry.

 

Are Dates fattening?

No, but they can be. Dates are loaded with calories and fructose (sugar in fruits) which can make you gain weight if you don’t eat them in moderation. If you eat more than one servings of dates per day, it will cause weight gain.

 

What is the best time to eat dates?

It is better to eat dates in the morning as your breakfast, companied with a glass of milk. This is because dates are somehow high in calories and can provide a load of energy for you to start your day. They also contain a lot of antioxidants, micronutrients, and vitamins, which can help you start a good day without any issues.

 

How to eat Dates?

How to eat Dates?

Dates have a sweet caramelly flavor that goes well with almost everything, but if you need some starter inspiration, here are some serving tips:

  • You can eat the dry and soft dates out of hand without any add-ons.
  • You can stuff the pitted dates with fillings such as Cheese, Nuts, chia seed, chocolate, diced fruits, parmesan, and fresh basil. Yum!
  • You can also chop and add them to your desserts and salads (like fruit salad) to create a range of sweet and savory flavors.
  • Add them to your bakery and cookies as a sugar alternative.
  • Blend them in your smoothies before the gym to hit the scale.
  • Make a syrup from them and use it as a food dressing and beverage sweetener.

 

Are dates good for constipation?

dates and other dried fruits are an excellent source of dietary fiber that acts as constipation relief. Since the body doesn’t digest fiber, it retains water as it moves through your gut. This water softens your stool, assisting in relieving constipation.

 

Do dates have carbohydrate?

Yes, dates have carbs. In fact, one pitted date, on average, provides 66 calories, 18 grams of carbohydrates, and 16-gram sugar. Therefore, if you are keeping an eye on your waistline or you are following a low-carb diet, you shouldn’t eat a lot of dates.

 

How can I store Dates?

You can store dates in an airtight container either in the fridge for more than a year, or at room temperature for a few months. They have the lowest moisture content of any whole fruit, only 27%, meaning they’re naturally dehydrated! As they age, the tasty sugars in the date will slowly move to the surface, producing little sugar white spots. Don’t worry, these are not molded.

 

Which countries produce the best Dates?

Based on analyzes, The leading date producer countries in the world are:

Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan. Their flavor is diverse and differs by individual. So, if you want to choose the perfect dates, you should test them. You can check different types of dates and get them from their origin country.

Which countries produce the best Dates?

Who are the best Iranian Dates suppliers?

We are not able to answer this question. But you can test them, first of all, take a good look at their website and digital profile to get more information about their quality, after that you can compare the quality and prices of them, check their level of expertise and then purchase.

 

How many Dates can I eat per day?

Dates are loaded with calories and carbs and sugar, so it completely depends on your purpose, but if you want to maintain your current weight, you can eat 5 to 7 dates per day. Also, fresh and dried dates are different.

we suggest that if you’re trying to lose weight, consume fresh dates and exercise on a regular basis because its carbs, vitamins and proteins can keep you filled for a longer period of time. Or if you want to gain weight, dry dates can help you with that due to their high calorie amount.

 

 What happens if I eat too many Dates?

Dates are very profitable for us, but at the same time, there are also some risks and side effects of eating too many Dates. such as:

  • May promote Weight Gain
  • May Cause High Blood Pressure
  • May cause Gastrointestinal Problems
  • May Increase the Risk of Kidney Stones
  • May Cause Aflatoxin Allergy
  • Increased Risk of Pesticides and Insecticides
  • Increased Risk of Acrylamide
  • High Manganese Risk
  • Too Much Fiber can be Harmful

 

How should I prepare dates for a recipe?

You can buy pitted dates and save some extra time or cut down on expenses by buying the dates with pits and remove the pits yourself. Just follow these steps:

How should I prepare dates for a recipe?

  1. Cut a small slit on one side of the date.
  2. Open the slit and remove the pit.

Your hands may get a little sticky, but the whole process will take only a few minutes.

 

Can you eat fresh dates?

Yes, you can eat fresh dates just as they are, as a snack or with a cup of coffee or mug of tea alongside to cut the sweetness. They are many ways to enjoy fresh dates. You can add them to your sweet or savory dishes and desserts. You can cook them down with enough moisture and make a great filling for filled sugar cookies or bread pudding instead of raisins.

 

Does eating dates have health benefits?

Yes. Dates are full of health benefits. They are great for men, women and children. Some of these benefits are:

  • Dates are a great source of antioxidants. All of them – fresh or dried – contain different types of antioxidants. Fresh dates contain carotenoids and anthocyanidins, while dried dates are full of polyphenols.
  • Dates can be great for blood sugar balance. Studies in diabetes have shown the low glycemic impacts of dates. It means that eating dates alone or with meals can be effective in the control of blood sugar and blood fat levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Blood pressure may be reduced by dates. A standard service of five or six dates contains approximately 80 milligrams of magnesium, which is a main mineral for dilating blood vessels. Research shows that magnesium supplementation can reduce blood pressure.
  • Dates are a booster for your brain. Each date contains more than two milligrams of choline, the vitamin B that is a memory neurotransmitter in acetylcholine. The higher choline intake is associated with better memory and learning and thus is a significant nutrient of Alzheimer’s risk for children and older adults.
  • Dates help to preserve the bone mass. Research shows that the consumption of potassium can decrease bone loss in postmenopausal women with osteopenia. A dried date provides this valuable nutrient with almost 140 milligrams. Scientists think that a high intake of potassium preserves bone mass by increasing the calcium excreted in the kidneys.

 

Are Dates bad for dogs?

The dates are relatively high in sugar (16 grams per date) and the mostly sugar-free diet should be eaten by dogs. Too many dates (and too much dietary fiber) can cause digestion upheavals and diarrhea.

 

Are dates low or high fodmap?

Since what you eat can have a significant effect on your body, digestive problems are unbelievably common.

FODMAPs are carbohydrate types that are present in some foods, such as wheat and beans.

Studies show that FODMAPs are strongly linked to gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea and constipation.

FODMAP means “fermentable polyols, di-monosaccharides and oligo-saccharide”.

These are short-chain, digestive-resistant carbohydrates. They reach the far end of your intestines where most of your gut bacteria are found, instead of being absorbed into your bloodstream.

These carbs are used for fuel by your gut bacteria and produce hydrogen gas and digestive symptoms for people who are sensitive.

Common FODMAPs include:

  • Fructose: A simple sugar found in many fruits and vegetables that also makes up the structure of table sugar and most added sugars.
  • Lactose: A carbohydrate found in dairy products like milk.
  • Fructans: Found in many foods, including grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley.
  • Galactans: Found in large amounts in legumes.
  • Polyols: Sugar alcohols like xylitol, sorbitol, maltitol and mannitol. They are found in some fruits and vegetables and often used as sweeteners.

So, fruits like dates are high in FODMAPS and should be consumed in moderation.

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