Dates: The Healthy Cure for ANY Sweet tooth

by Nicole Graves on October 29, 2014

datesDates: The Healthy Cure for ANY Sweet Tooth

It’s no secret that I LOVE sweets! Juicing, however, keeps my sweet tooth in check. In fact, when I juice regularly, my desire to eat sweets like cookies, candy or other desserts disappears (which is short of miraculous).

Still there are times (generally when I am juicing less) my cravings for unhealthy sweets can return with a vengeance. It’s a serious thing.  Let’s face it eating sugar is an addiction! It’s even been said that a sugar addiction is stronger than cocaine addiction which is INSANE.

There many experts who condemn fruit and the sugar it contains. I, however, am NOT one of those people. I’m a fruit lover! I believe that the nutritional benefits of including a wide range of fruit in the diet far outweighs any possible risk of excessive fructose intake from eating fruit. Processed and refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup, refined white sugar and even artificial sugars can do considerable damage to your body and health and have no nutritional value. On the flip side, fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals; they are the body’s cleansers.

In my opinion, the likelihood that an individual will become fat, unhealthy, or develop a health condition by consuming fruit sugar is slim (unless they already have existing ailments). In fact, I have read about people who thrive on a high fruit or all fruit diet!

In any case, my love for dates began about a month ago when I bought a delicious sampler of organic fresh dates. The benefits of eating them are surprising!

 

  • Dates are high in iron and can help treat anemia.
  • Dates are extremely high in fiber; they help waste move through the colon and are a delicious alternative to eating prunes.
  • Dates are rich in many vitamins and minerals like potassium and magnesium.
  • Dates a loaded with high concentrations of antioxidants that may help prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease and neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dates are one of the very best sweet and versatile foods that can regulate the digestive process. It can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consuming it.
  • Dates contain organic sulfur which can help reduce allergic reactions and seasonal allergies.
  • Studies where date consumption was tested on diabetics have shown that while dates contain high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually a low-glycemic index food and did not significantly raise blood sugar levels after they were eaten
  • Dates are delicious all natural sweeteners for smoothies.

The next time you reach for a processed sweet treat, grab a date. One or two will do the trick!

Go to your destiny,

Nicole

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