10 Benefits of Medjool Dates
Rich in antioxidants and deliciously sticky and sweet, Medjool dates are at the heart of Middle Eastern food and holds a strong connection to religion too.
Considered a powerful superfood, Medjool dates can form an important part of a plant-based diet and provides a naturally sweet snack without resorting to candy or cakes. At Bohemian Dates, we are passionate about the remarkable health benefits of dates.
So, get ready to discover 10 benefits of eating or cooking with this sticky, gooey caramel superfood! You can thank us later!
The Sweet Story Of Medjool Dates
Medjool dates have a solid connection to a wide range of religions and ancient civilizations. A symbol of honesty and righteousness in Ancient Greece and representing fertility in Ancient Egypt, the Medjool dates are also referenced in the Bible as ‘honey.’
While we usually connect honey with nectar and bees, the biblical reference refers to Silan, a concentrated syrup made by boiling dates. In fact, dates have remained a popular and vital Middle Eastern food, often found at desert oases and providing a calorie-dense treat to nurture the body after a long journey.
Even today, during the religious festival of Ramadan, this superfood is enjoyed on a global scale and provides a quick and high-energy treat after fasting for long periods of time. Archeologists have found ancient date pits and palm tree trunks in ancient temples across the Middle East, reinforcing how crucial they were to health & society.
Medjool dates do not undergo any form of processing and have a soft, caramel texture high in antioxidants, fiber, and tannin. This makes Medjool dates a powerful superfood and can be used to help nurture the body and soothe a wide range of health issues.
So, let’s discover 10 fascinating benefits of indulging in this plant-based snack.
1: Rich In Antioxidants
Fancy something sweet with your morning cup of coffee? A Medjool date is rich in antioxidants which help to combat free radical damage within the body.
Antioxidants protect cells from unstable molecules that could trigger harmful reactions and lead to life-threatening diseases.
Medjool dates contain polyphenols, which are thought to be significantly effective against cancer and heart disease and actively reduce inflammation in the body. Flavonoids present in dates can also help lower your risk of life-changing diseases such as diabetes.
Carotenoids, another antioxidant found in Medjool dates, are being studied for their ability to prevent the development of optical diseases such as macular degeneration. So, if you are concerned about your health and want to eat more antioxidant-rich food, be sure to pick up a pack of Medjool dates and enjoy their rich sticky goodness today.
2: Ideal Plant-Based Snack
Another reason to snack on dates is that they’re so convenient to enjoy. You can simply pick up a pack of Medjool dates online, such as our 60 on the go pack, and nurture your body, and greatly satisfy your sweet tooth without having to resort to a bar of chocolate, bag of chips, or some candy.
So if you’re trying to cut out processed convenience food and follow a plant-based diet, Medjool dates are certainly an excellent choice to snack happy and keep hunger at bay.
Each date snack pack is individually wrapped so that you can pop them in your bag for an after-gym treat, add to your kid’s packed lunches or have them in your fridge for those moments when you just need something sweet.
Also known as Mother’s Nature’s Candy, Bohemian Dates are premium quality and grown at the lowest elevation point on Earth, guaranteeing a rich, caramel flavor that is perfect for vegans, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and contain no preservatives, additives or GMO.
3: Natural Alternative To Processed Sugar
As we’ve mentioned, Medjool dates are a great alternative to candy as they’re naturally sweet and have a creamy, rich caramel taste. This means that even one date will help to curb your sugar cravings without causing you to break your diet.
Dates can also help control sugar levels in the body, as they have a low glycemic index and are rich in antioxidants. If you have diabetes, you can speak to your doctor about eating dates over your other favorite and perhaps processed snacks.
When it comes to cooking or baking, many Middle Eastern foods are made sweet not by adding white sugar, but by mixing in soft Medjool dates instead.
Swap sugar for dates in almost any recipe: First, you’ll need to make a sweet date syrup or date paste. Blend pitted dates with a little water or gently boil a handful of dates in a pan in water until you have a thick sweet syrup. Then replace sugar following a ratio of 1:1. So, if the recipe needs 1 cup of sugar, use 1 cup of date syrup or paste.
4: Get Creative With Middle Eastern Food
Stuffed dates with cashews and currants, or lovingly dipped in velvety dark chocolate for a mouth-watering snack. If you want to get creative in the kitchen and have a passion for Middle Eastern food, dates are the way to go. Combine interesting flavors such as cardamom and coconut, or add dates to a Middle Eastern-inspired cheese board.
Dates, known as the king of the fruits, were once reserved for royalty but can now enhance your cooking creations. Combine dates, honey, and desiccated coconut to make plant-based energy balls and roll in chopped nuts, or make a lamb and date tagine, a delicious rich Middle Eastern food favorite.
With just one new ingredient, you can unlock a wide range of recipe ideas and treat yourself and your loved ones to a taste sensation.
5: Higher In Potassium Than A Banana
Dates are also a superfood due to the level of potassium they provide. Most people in the US, typically don’t get enough potassium, and a low potassium diet can cause muscle fatigue, cramps, abnormal heart rhythms, vomiting, and diarrhea.
So, if you’re suffering from these symptoms, you might want to snack on potassium-charged Medjool dates and nourish your body. (3) In fact, you can get as much potassium in two Medjool dates as you would by eating a banana!
6: Superfood For The Brain
Are you studying for an upcoming exam? This antioxidant superfood could support your success while giving you a delicious incentive to keep working hard.
Medjool dates may help improve brain function, and studies have found that dates can lower inflammation and risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
7: Easy Way To Sweeten Your Smoothie
For anyone who enjoys making a breakfast smoothie for a delicious start to the day, Medjool dates are a great way to add natural sweetness to your drink.
Blend frozen bananas, dates, and honey for a sensationally sweet smoothie that will keep you energized no matter what your day will involve. Dates can also help with weight loss and is ideal for those on a keto or paleo diet too.
8: Plant-based Hangover Cure
If you’ve been celebrating a little too hard recently, you might be surprised to hear that Medjool dates can be a fantastic plant-based hangover cure. With a high concentration of fructose in dates, this superfood can help to speed up your metabolism and reduce hangover symptoms, minimizing the impact of a seriously good night out.
Eat a couple of Medjool dates in the morning with a strong cup of coffee or tea after a big night out and see if you feel the relief of this plant-based hangover cure.
9: Rich In Fiber
A high-fiber plant-based snack, dates promote digestion and can cure constipation too. Eating dates regularly, with plenty of water or within a smoothie, will help you to reap the benefits of this fiber-rich snack.
The powerful combinations of fiber and antioxidants in Medjool dates are thought to help support your heart by lowering cholesterol and reducing your risk of heart disease. In just two dates, there are around 48 grams of fiber. Which will keep you regular and promote a healthy bowel.
10: Best Vegan Supplement For Anemia
If you’re vegan, becoming anemic is a real concern. Iron deficiency symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, cold hands and feet, inflammation of the tongue, and brittle nails. But antioxidant Medjool dates can help combat low iron levels and give your body a much-needed mineral boost.
Two dates can contain 2% of the DV (daily value), so snacking on dates or using a date syrup as a sugar replacement is a great way to keep your iron levels up throughout the day. Try adding dates to couscous, a vegetable tagine, or blending them to make a sweet and sticky syrup to drizzle over fresh fruit.
Ready to taste the caramel gooey goodness of Medjool dates?
Head to our online shop and snack happy on this powerfully antioxidant plant-based superfood. Explore our online collection at Bohemian Dates here to start taking advantage of all of these amazing benefits!