Fresh yellow dates can be eaten when in the raw. It is crispy and crunchy, similar to eating an apple. The taste is slightly sweet with a slight tinge of astringency. It is an acquired taste, especially those who taste a fresh dates for the first time.
Health Benefits of Fresh Dates
When you think of dates, it’s easy to consider the dried varieties. But you can also enjoy fresh dates, gaining not only sweet and flavorful juiciness but some important nutritional perks as well. Chop up fresh dates to add to veggie salads or add them to a smoothie for a nutritious breakfast. You can also stuff fresh dates with goat cheese or cream cheese or, for a sweeter option, a bit of peanut or almond butter.
Rich Fiber Content
A 100-gram serving of fresh dates, or just over a half-cup, provides 6.7 grams of fiber. This is over 25 percent of the recommended daily allowance of the
beneficial carb. According to the University of California San Fransisco, many Americans consume only 15 of the recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber per
day. If you’re in that group, one serving of dates can get you very close to your daily minimum.
Lots of Minerals
Dates also supply valuable amounts of essential minerals, including 14 to 20 percent of the RDA for copper, manganese, magnesium and potassium. For this
reason, fresh dates may be a good pick during hot summer months or whenever you’re losing fluids and electrolytes – such as potassium and magnesium – through sweat. Getting enough copper from foods is important for energy production and iron metabolism. Manganese plays an important role in bone health and wound healing.
More Fluids Than Dried Dates
Speaking of staying hydrated, fresh dates contain a lot more water than dried dates, which lose their fluid content in the drying process. For most people,
foods account for about 20 percent of hydration. If you’re feeling thirsty or notice that your urine isn’t clear or translucent, and there’s no other
explanation, increase your intake of water-rich foods such as dates.
Lower in Sugar
Fresh dates also have a lower glycemic index than dried dates, meaning they have a much milder impact on your blood sugar levels. This is especially true if
you replace dried dates dusted in added sugar with fresh dates. If you have diabetes or tend to be especially sensitive to sugary food, fresh dates provide a good snack option. Lower-glycemic foods also promote more positive energy levels and appetite control between meals.
Health Benefits of Rose Apples
Although research is limited, some very important health benefits have been associated with this unusual fruit. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Jambosine is a type of alkaloid, found in rose apples, that has shown promising results in blocking or regulating the conversion of starch into sugar. This could be a very important development for diabetics and those at risk of developing diabetes. Further research is ongoing about the impact of jambosine on blood sugar control.
Aid in Digestion
The high fiber content of rose apples makes them very good for regulating the passage of food through your digestive tract, relieving constipation, and more
serious health conditions. Also, in traditional medicine, the seeds of rose apples have been used to prevent diarrhea and dysentery.
The active organic compounds in rose apples, combined with vitamin C and vitamin A, have become known as effective cancer prevention treatments. Early research and traditional medical texts claim that prostate and breast cancers are reduced by adding rose apples to your diet.
For hundreds of years, rose apple decoctions have been used as a diuretic substance, which helps clear out liver and kidney toxicity, while also boosting the overall health and metabolic efficiency of the body.
Cholesterol and Heart Health
The fiber and nutrient combination in rose apples have shown significant effects on cholesterol levels, leading to a lower risk of atherosclerosis, thereby
preventing cardiovascular complications like heart attacks, strokes, and coronary heart diseases.
The active and volatile components in rose apple have been linked to having antimicrobial and anti-fungal effects. Research has shown that it can protect
the skin from developing various infections and can boost the strength of the immune system against infections diseases.