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Dates can be considered as a valuable medicine due to their tonic effect. They are easily digested; very useful for supplying energy and repairing waste.
Modern science has proved that dates are an important part of a healthy diet. They contain carbohydrates,proteins, as well as important vitamins and minerals.
Hence the great importance attached to them by the Prophet (SAAW).
In addition, dates are an excellent remedy for intestinal disturbances. Use of dates helps with the growth of pathological organisms and helps to establish a colony of friendly bacteria in the intestines. Dates are considered as a laxative food. They are highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation due to their roughage which helps stimulates sluggish bowels. Dates are loaded with fiber, both soluble and insoluble, they are able to fill you up and keep your bowel habits regular, thus preventing colon cancer. They are an excellent source of potassium and provide numerous other important vitamins and minerals. One good remedy is to immerse them in water at night and take them the next morning after they are made into a fine syrup to secure the laxative effect. 

Besides, researchers claim that dates are an effective remedy for weak heart. Dates soaked overnight in water and crushed in the same water in the morning after removing the seeds should be taken at least twice a week in this condition. This will help strengthen the heart.

Experiments have also shown that dates contain some stimulants that strengthen the muscles of the uterus in the last months of pregnancy. This helps the dilation of the uterus at the time of delivery on one hand and reduces the bleeding after delivery on the other. Dietitians consider dates as the best food for women who are in labor and who are breastfeeding. This is due to the fact that dates contain elements that assist in alleviating depression in mothers and enriching the breast milk with all the elements needed to make the child healthy and resistant to disease.

Sayyidah Mariam (AS), had dates as her food when she felt labour pains and during confinement. They are definitely the sweet thing, an ideal food which is easily digested, and within half an hour of taking it, the tired body regains a renewed vigour. The reason for this is that a shortage of sugar in the blood is the main factor that makes people feel hungry and not an empty stomach as is often assumed.   

Thus dates are a power source packed in a tiny, portable package.
Nutritional Values 
Dates, Dried 
Serving Size: 3 dates
Calories: 72
Fat: <1 g
Saturated Fat: Not available
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 18.3 g
Protein: 0.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Sodium: <1 mg
Niacin: <1 mg
Pantothenic Acid: <1 mg
Vitamin B6: <1 mg
Calcium: 9.6 mg
Copper: <1 mg
Iron: <1 mg
Magnesium: 10.8 mg
Potassium: 162.3 mg
Vitamin K : <1 mcg

Selection and Storage

Most supermarkets stock fresh dates in the produce section and keep dried dates near raisins. For both types, look for ones with unbroken, smoothly wrinkled skins. Avoid dates that smell bad or have hardened sugar crystals on their skins. Dried dates keep for up to a year in the refrigerator and should be refrigerated in tightly sealed containers. If stored in the kitchen cabinet, they will stay fresh for about a month. Do not store dates near strongly flavored items such as garlic. Dates tend to absorb outside odors.

How can we incorporate dates in our daily dishes? 

Dates are great tasting if taken alone but they can be added to home-baked breads, cakes and cookies or any other desserts. They add richness and nutrition to ordinary dishes. And the natural moisture of dates adds to the quality of the final product. Arabs usually combine dates with milk and yogurt or bread. This combination indeed makes a self-sufficient and tasty diet for both mind and body. Dates and date palms have been mentioned in the Holy Quran 20 times, thus showing their importance.  


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