The dates have become the superfood of the moment: Breakfast, lunch and coffee sweetener. Touted by enthusiasts whole foods, is naturally dried fruit is a powerful source of minerals, energy and fiber. Their pasta makes a natural binder in baked treats; its syrup adds sweetness to beverages. natural or fillers eating, serves as a nutritious snack.
Benefits of dates
Meet over 20 interesting things you probably did not know about the dates:
1. The word "dates" comes from the Greek word daktylos, meaning "fingers".
Nutritional properties of dates
2. A cup of dates has about 400 calories, 27 percent of the recommended daily requirement of potassium and 48 percent of daily fiber needs.
3. Also provided are calcium, zinc, iron, copper, magnesium and other minerals that can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attacks and complications in labor.
Four. Dates are rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols fighting disease-causing free radicals.
5. Very few people are allergic to this fruit.
6. The low water level and high sugar content gives them a shelf life of several months.
7. The dates make it possible to nomadic life and commerce in very dry and hot regions of the Middle East and North Africa.
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8. Since the tree and its fruit have many applications, from food to building materials, the date palm is known as the "tree of life" in the Middle East, and is the national symbol of Saudi Arabia and Israel.
9. The seeds of date palm may be dormant for decades until light and water conditions are best.
10. Some scholars believe the real fruit mentioned in the Garden of Eden in the Bible, it was a date, not an apple.
11. The dates were probably grown in today's Iraq, about 8,000 years ago.
12. The date palms need at least 100 days of heat and plenty of water to produce the best quality fruit.
Different uses of dates
14. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics marked the years with images of full date palms, as these trees were growing them 12 new leaves a year.
15. 3% of farmland are covered with date palms, producing 4 million tons of dates annually.
16. Most of the dates of the United States are grown in the Coachella Valley of California. High temperatures and Colorado River irrigation conditions make something ideal crop.
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17. There are over 200 varieties of dates. The Medjool large, like candy, is the kind of more difficult to grow jujube and therefore one of the most expensive to buy.
18. While some types of dates are high in sugar (approximately 93 grams per cup), many varieties have a low glycemic index (GI)
19. In ancient Mesopotamia is considered the date an aphrodisiac. It is the symbol of the goddess Ishtar, Aphrodite and Venus prototype.
20. Date palms were brought to Spain from North Africa around 800 A.D. Spanish explorers brought seeds to Cuba in 1500. The missionaries planted in Baja California in 1765, while other varieties were imported to California in the early 1900s.
Dates are more than a passing fad. They are versatile in the kitchen and unless you have a problem with sugar is a better choice than a candy bar for a snack. Take advantage now that are easy to find in the grocery store.
Writing: Life Team Lúcida