Dates are high in calories with most of those calories coming from carbs. Being a dried fruit, they are high in sugar calories. A 3.5 oz serving has 277 calories with 75 grams of carbs. There are only 2 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber.
Even with those numbers dates are a great source of vitamins and minerals. 20% DRI of potassium, 14% DRI of magnesium, 18% DRI of Copper, 15% DRI of manganese, and 12% DRI of vitamin B6.
Their 7 grams of fiber in a serving can help with blood sugar control. Fiber also helps improve digestive health and bowel movements. Being pack full of antioxidants, dates can help fight diseases. Flavonoids are antioxidants can reduce inflammation and risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. They contain Carotenoid, an antioxidants that works to improve heart health and reduce eye-related disorders such as macular degeneration.Phenolic acid is an anti inflammatory with properties that lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Secret: There are multiple varieties of dates. They range in color from bright red to bright yellow. Medjool and Deglet Noor dates are the most commonly consumed and usually produced in tropical regions.