Dates & its importance in Ramadan
Act of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan is symbolic spirit of self-control, discipline, sacrifice and empathy. An annual month long period of spiritual reflection & Dates are key to this holy month. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset & dates are the first food they take to break the fast and before heading for Iftaar.
It is believed that Prophet Muhammad broke fast with three dates and water, from there on dates has been associated with Ramadan.
Dates has its own cultural significance in month of Ramadan but it has also been proved scientifically that dates are the best way to break the day long fast. It secrets digestive juices that helps in activating the inflow of food. Dates are rich source of carbohydrates, fiber & natural sugar which provide instantaneous energy boost, despite the change in meal patterns.
Nutritional Value of Dates:
Dates are rich source of various vitamins like vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, niacin & thiamin. It also contains minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron & phosphorus.
Major Health Benefits of Dates:
Energy – Boost energy for anemic patients & increases sexual stamina.
Improve Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation – Being a rich source of fiber helps in regular bowel movements. Additionally, Fiber also helps in boosting heart health. Dates are easy to digest and soluble fiber also help in relieve diarrhea.
Reduced Blood Pressure – Dates contains magnesium & potassium that helps in keeping lower blood pressure.
Preventing Colon Cancer – Dates helps in preventing the Colon cancer and reducing the risk & Impact of abdominal cancer.
- Weight Loss
- Promoting Respiratory and Digestive Health
- Pregnancy Deliveries
- Hemorrhoid prevention
- Reducing Colitis Risk
Dates carry high nutritional value, but being very sticky in nature often attracts various impurities. Therefore, we should always wash it properly before eating and always buy properly processed and packed dates. Apis India has recently launched a premium packed new original Kimia Dates, right now it is only available in Hyderabad, India and soon company planning to sell it across pan India.
Article By : Dheeraj Raj