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Healthy Benefits

Disease Prevention and Risk Reduction

A 2009 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported the Medjool and Hallawi dates were high in phenols and had a lot of antioxidant activity. It also showed they reduce blood triglyceride levels.

OrganicFacts.net states dates give relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia,  sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and many other conditions. They contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium.

Important Points

Dried dates keep for up to a year in the refrigerator. Fresh dates should be refrigerated in tightly sealed containers; they’ll keep up to eight months. If stored in the kitchen cabinet, they’ll stay fresh for about a month.

Resources

Reinhard, Tonia. Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet. Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 2010. Print.

“Health Benefits of Dates.” Organic Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 July 2013.

“Discovery Health.” Dates: Natural Weight-Loss Food. Discovery Fit and Health, n.d. Web. 04 Aug. 2013.

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