Date fruit is grown on a Date palm tree, and it should be no surprise that they thrive only in hot dry climates. In the Old World, the near East and Africa are the regions where dates are grown in large quantities.
Date trees typically reach about 21–23 metres (69–75 ft) in height, growing singly or forming a clump with several stems from a single root system. Date fruits (dates) are oval-cylindrical, 3–7 cm (1.2–2.8 in) long, and about an inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, ranging from bright red to bright yellow in color, depending on variety. They are very sweet, containing about 75 percent of sugar when dried.
Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East and the Indus Valley for thousands of years. There is archaeological evidence of date cultivation in Arabia from the 6th millennium BCE. The total annual world production of dates amounts to 8.5 million metric tons, countries of the Middle East and North Africa being the largest producers.
In recent years Iran is one of the leading Countries in Date production in the world, with annual production of about 900000 metric tons. Date palm is grown mainly in South, South East, and South West of the Iran. There exists a good opportunity and a large potential for trade in this commodity in Iran. In areas where frosts do not occur the Date palm is the most characteristic representative of irrigation agriculture.
Dates fruit is a tropical fruit which mostly are cultivated in Iran and Middle East. Its worthy to remark that it is considered as the most nutritious and the most delicious food in the world which is replete of health benefits for body. The massive health advantages of dates have made them one of the best Fruits for muscle development .Dates Fruit is rich source of vital vitamins such as A,B,E and C and also essential minerals such as fiber, copper, magnesium, protein , Potassium and Calcium .
Dates Fruit is rich source of potassium which effectively strengthens nervous system. Also daily Dates Fruit consumption can decrease the risk of stroke and heart disease.Dates Fruit´s fiber content has direct influence on promoting digestive system and relieving constipation. The insoluble and soluble fiber found in Dates Fruit helps to better function of gastrointestinal system.
another important benefit of fiber is decreasing risk of colon cancer, and hemorrhoids. In addition to promoting colon health ,fiber can boost heart health too! Dates Fruit are rich source of magnesium which because of this, its regular consumption has Anti-Inflammatory benefit. Its magnesium content also can help to decrease high blood pressure and make it balance!
It should be noted that B6 found in Dates Fruit can help to boost brain performance.Potassium is another mineral substance found in the Dates fruit which has several function and is beneficial for heart health and reducing high blood pressure. When the body begins to absorb the high nutritional value of the dates, feelings of hunger are removed. Also, the regular Dates Fruit can improve nervous system since they have such significant amounts of potassium.
Dates are classified as a laxative food. This is why dates are consumed by people suffering from constipation. In order to achieve laxative effect of dates, you should soak them in water over night. Then, eat the soaked dates in the morning to gain the most optimal results. Dates as have been mentioned before have high amount of soluble fiber which can relieve symptoms of constipation. The multiple amounts of minerals found in dates fruit is caused to be considered as super food to strengthen bones and treatment of painful and severe diseases like osteoporosis.
Dates Fruit have a high mineral substance which is beneficial for many health conditions, but their high levels of iron make them a nutritious dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia. The high level of iron can remove gradually inherent lack of iron in anemic patients. Ripe dates is loaded with potassium which is known as an effective way to control diarrhea. They are also easy to digest, which helps to improve chronic diarrhea. The soluble fiber in dates can also relieve diarrhea and the last but not least point is that they don’t have any negative effects on the human body. They can be quickly and easily digested and produce more energy for body.
Iranian Dates Benefits
The cause of many low numbers of people inhibited in the Arabian Peninsula during that period is the consumption of many dates in disease such as atherosclerosis , diabetes and cancer , which are believed to be caused by free radicals . The ingredients in the date can completely destroy superoxide radicals . It should be noted that these radicals , the most important free radicals in most biological systems , can be active in the body , such as radical hydroxyl , proxyl. Alkocil Palm sap even destroys hydroxyl radicals.
Palm date is very valuable because of its sweet fruit .This plant is one of the oldest planted trees. This tropical tree is at least 8,000 years old and has high fruit in North Africa , so that in each cluster of 200 seeds are produced. The fresh date of Iran are divided into three categories in terms of moisture: Soft date , dry dates and semi-arid dates . Most of the varieties that are obtained in the United States are semi-soft ,which are available after evaporation of some of their moisture as fresh dates and dry dates . Dates are one of the sweetest fruits because it forms 60 to 70 percent sugar . One and a half scale of the date fruit (about 12 average dates) has about 375calories ,which is a bit more calories than other fruits.
Dates have a lot of potassium .12 dates have 65 mg of potassium ,which is more than the other fruits , such as banana and Portugal. Also, 12 dates fruits provide 6% or even more than the recommended diet of adults, which include Iran niacin, vitamin B6 ,and 2 grams of vegetable fiber. But you must know that the date fruit is somewhat lacking in vitamin3.
The dates contain tyramine , which is an organic compound in old cheese and some supplied processed meat and the other products.
People who take MEO drugs to treat blood pressure and depression should not eat dates because they affect tyramine .In addition, the substance is used by some agents migraine headaches are considered. After eating the dates , you must brush your teeth . Not only dry dates ,but also fresh dates are very sticky ,and since the amount of sugar in the date is very high , if the particles stick to the teeth , they can corrode the teeth .