Dates Are Super Healthy, Forget What Ill-Informed Online Training Groups Tell You
A recent surge in online training platforms has given rise to more bro science, rather than eliminating it. These forums are churning out so-called ‘certified fitness experts' like Lovely professionals and Amity University MBAs. You know how they fare in the real job world. An even bigger problem is that you can't even question them, as they are so called ‘certified mentors' and ‘experts'. These mentors, instead of being open to arguments and discussions, have taken the bro science to a whole another level. The most common and idiotic advice that you receive from these mentors is that you should not eat fruits as they are nothing but sugar. They fail to understand the fact that fructose or fruit sugar is metabolised differently by the liver than simple sugar. According to them, now even dry fruits have joined the list of banned foods. Dates are being called unhealthy. So here we are, clearing your doubts about dates and to tell you how healthy they are, with science and logic.
Nutritional Value of Dates
Dates provide a wide range of essential micronutrients. They are a very good source of dietary potassium. Of all the dried fruits, dates are amongst the richest in antioxidants. They help in reduction of oxidative damage to the body. Dates also contain vitamins like Vitamin A, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. It also contains minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
The Stupid Argument Behind Avoiding Dates And Fruit Sugar Metabolism
So the argument given behind avoiding dates is that dates contain sugar, which makes them unhealthy. Well, first of all, even if they contain sugar they are not high GI foods. Department of Family Medicine in the UAE, conducted a study on this that was published in the US National Library of Medicine. The study established that dates are low glycemic index food. Also, that consumption of dates may benefit lipid and glycemic control of diabetic patients. So the logic behind avoiding dates is total nonsense. Moreover, fruit sugar is often accompanied with fibre that limits fructose's quick reaction to blood sugar spiking.
Other Benefits Of Dates
Apart from being a rich source of vitamins and minerals, there are other benefits of dates too. Date consumption has been studied in relation to pregnant women and labour. According to a combined study published in Journal of Midwifery & Reproductive health, women who consumed dates regularly during their last few weeks of pregnancy, it helped them in facilitating cervical dilation as well as easy labour. Dates are also a good source of dietary fibre and may also relieve from problems like constipation.
It's Creating A Calorie Deficit, Not Avoiding Certain Foods
Just because avoiding a food item is helping you in fat loss or weight loss, it doesn't mean that the food item is unhealthy. It's all about creating a calorie balance that will help you lose weight, not avoiding a certain food item. Your body fat and body weight will reduce even if you drink just water throughout the day. But is it the right way to do it? NO, that's absolutely unhealthy. Also, just don't focus only on the macros in the diet; a healthy diet is a combination of good macros as well as micros. So, the next time when you decide what to remove from your diet, see the whole nutritional content of the food item and don't believe what these so-called mentors throw at you.
Note- The article just lays down the properties of sprouts. For successful fat loss or muscle, you will need to align your calorie intake with your goal. Sprouts are one of the healthiest food items out there.
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