Throughout the world, Muslims are observing Ramadan, which describes the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The breaking of the fast is a unique experience for all Muslim families and we usually break fast by eating dates, just as the prophet Mohammed did when he broke his own fast.
Ramadan and dates are inseparable. Although dates have been consumed for millennia due to their high nutritional properties, they hold a special place in Islam, especially during Ramadan fasting.The Prophet(PBUH) said: “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying.”
Apart from having spiritual significance and being juicy, delicious treats, dates are also an incredible source of nutrients, antioxidants, and health benefits. While observing Ramandan and fasting from sunrise until sunset, dates are a perfect food to consume in order to restore your energy and give your body the fuel it needs.
Dates are easily digested, making them a quick source of energy and nutrients. Dozens of varieties are grown for both domestic and international markets, with Medjool, Ajwa, Mariam, Halawi, Bahri, Dayri and Deglet Noor being among the most popular. They’re delicious on their own, or when you include them in your favorite pastry or dessert recipe. There are so many ways to incorporate them into your diet and benefit from the health advantages that this super fruit has to offer.
The date is mentioned more than 20 times in the Quran, more than any other fruit. Here are a few reasons why we should eat dates regularly.
Foods such as dates with high dietary fiber should have an important part in a healthy diet. To keep everything running smoothly, dieticians recommend consuming at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber a day. Studies have shown that upping your dietary fiber intake increases stool volume and shortens its intestinal transit time, thereby helping prevent dreaded constipation. In Ramadan, you might as well take advantage of the rich fiber content of dates to aid digestion and prevent consideration, which is a frequent and unfortunate side effect of reduced food and water consumption during this period.
Good for the heart
Dates are known as an excellent source of potassium, an essential mineral responsible for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. Potassium is involved in ensuring neural conduction, regulating our pulse and blood pressure. Research reveals that a diet rich in potassium helps to lower blood pressure, maintain cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of stroke.
Give you a natural energy boost
After fasting all day, your body is craving carbohydrates and sugars to maintain its energy sources. Dates are naturally high in sugar and the right kinds of carbohydrates to rejuvenate your body’s energy levels. It is common to feel lethargic after fasting. Eating one to three dates before anything else to break your fast is a sure fire way to combat the exhaustion you may feel. Within an hour of digesting a date (or two...or three), your body feels vigor and the sugar is replenished in the blood, which the lack of is one of the main causes of hunger and tiredness.
A great source of fiber
Fiber helps you feel full. When you’ve spent a long day fasting, your first instinct might be to stuff your face once it’s time to feast. By eating a few dates before you consume anything else, you can satisfy your hunger without overeating and causing yourself any discomfort. You can ease your body back into eating a normal meal, without overdoing it.
Help alleviate symptoms of low blood sugar
During a fast, whether it is for practicing a spiritual ritual such as that during Ramadan or a specific dieting pattern, you can experience low blood sugar which can leave you feeling weak, tired, and light headed. Dates are a natural sugar supply to consume that will combat low blood sugar and help you feel better overall. Headaches are a common result of low blood sugar levels and fasting. Dates can help alleviate headaches.
Can help with digestion
You can often experience nausea or an upset stomach in general when you start eating after fasting all day. Dates are great for digestion. They help ease constipation due to their high fiber content.