Dates, are fruit that comes from the date palm tree, which grows in Middle Eastern climates and parts of California. Dates are usually added to other foods. I personally only eat them in Quaker raisin, date almond oatmeal. Dates however offer nutritional benefits when eaten alone,( pitted). And are considered a diabetic friendly food.
Dates have previously been considered a no no for diabetics, because they were believed to raise blood sugar levels. Recent studies however indicate this may not be true. Prevention, has dates as number 8 on a list o 14 foods that are good for diabetic.The May 28, 2011, issue of “Nutrition Journal” shares research, where diabetics were tested regarding date consumption.
The study indicates that although dates have high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually a low-glycemic index food, and did not elevate blood sugar levels when eaten. Diabetics who desire to add dates to their diet, should first consult their doctors. And if given the go ahead, should also monitor their glucose levels, to see how dates affect them as an individual, because everyone is different.
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one pitted date contains 1.6 g of fiber, or 6 percent of the recommended daily allowance. Fiber helps lower cholesterol, as well as prevent heart disease, obesity, and colorectal cancer.
Dates have modest amounts of Vitamin A, plus the antioidants, zea-xanthin and lutein, which have been shown to be beneficial for eye health as well as protect cells and other body structures from the harmful effects of oxygen-free radicals. Eating dates also offers protection from prostate, colon, breast, lung, endometrial, and pancreatic cancers.