Dates are recommended to start Iftar because it provides the body with nutrients and sugar without spiking the blood sugar levels after a whole day of fasting. Eating 2 to 4 dates after fasting will restore the low blood sugar levels gradually.
Good Source of Potassium and Magnesium: In 100g of dates (approx 5 dates): 20% potassium, 14% magnesium. Shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits and lower blood pressure. Suitable for hemodialysis patients.
Natural Sweetener: Great energy booster with 66g/100g serving, but does not cause a spike in sugar levels, making it a good alternative for hunger pangs. There is potential benefits of dates for diabetic patients when used in a balanced diet.
Boost Brain Health: The sufficient vitamin B6 (12%) is linked to improved brain power. Dates may assist in the preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease by reducing inflammatory cytokines during aging.
Improve Digestive system: With at least 30% of fibre content/100g dates and rich in polyphenols, the insoluble and soluble fibre help to reduce toxicity in gut and reduce colon cancer risk.