Dates, the sweet little jewels that grow on date palms in many desert and tropical areas, are packed full of important nutrients and make a great natural sweetener in recipes.
Dates have long been used in traditional and alternative medicines, as well as in religious traditions, and have a special significance for Muslims. Date palms are mentioned more than any other fruit-bearing plant in the Qur’an, and eating dates in the morning is believed to provide protection against poison and magic, according to Mariam Metwally, Accredited Practicing Dietician (APD).
Eating dates during Ramadan, the religious month (which started on April 12th and ends on May 12th in the US this year) has become a worldwide tradition, especially at the time of breaking the daily fast after sundown, since dates are quick to raise blood sugar and restore energy levels.
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