It is said that date palms were taken from Iran to China and cultivated in European countries such as Spain. This fruit is rich in a variety of vitamins including E-C-B-A. It also contains minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, iron, iodine and magnesium, each of which plays an important role in human health.
Iran is a country that has good dates in the south and southeast, and it can be said that it is one of the countries that has the best dates.
The nature of dates is warmer; Dates are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin K, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, magnesium and fiber.
The appearance of dates is very important; That is, the absence of burns, worms and sugar is one of the characteristics of good and fresh dates. This fruit has anti-cancer magnesium and is also useful for hearing, vision, back pain, joint pain, chest and lung treatment.
Dates, due to their magnesium content, strengthen the body’s muscular energy and increase the body’s general strength; It also strengthens memory due to its phosphorus and magnesium content.
Although sugaring has no effect on the taste of dates, it does change its texture and appearance; Therefore, to prevent sugaring, dates should be kept at the right temperature. Fresh dates can be a little wrinkled, but they should not have a hard touch or a crystal of sugar on their skin.
About 21 types of dates are grown in different parts of Iran and are cultivated in Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, North Africa and the United States.
* Types of dates:
Pyaram, Shahani, Mazafati, Zahedi, Kabkab, Rabbi, Barhi, Khasouni, Shekar, Gentar, Colonialism, Al-Mehtari, Khasavi, Mardasang, Ajwa, Anbara, Safavid, Saghai, Khedri, Modjul, Khalas and Dates of Piar; It is one of the types of dates in Iran.
* How to consume dates
Unripe dates are called Khark or Khark dates, and ripe dates are found in both fresh and dried dates. The nutritional value of dates per 100 grams contains 282 calories; It has 63 grams of sugar, 0.4 grams of fat, 75 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.
Facial skin rejuvenation
Date fruit contains high amounts of vitamins C. and D. which reduce skin wrinkles and rejuvenate facial skin; Date kernels also contain phytohormones that have significant anti-aging effects and prevent skin wrinkles.
Strengthens and enhances hair growth
Dates are high in iron, which increases blood circulation to the scalp and strengthens and enhances hair growth.
High levels of iron in dates can treat anemia in pregnant women, strengthen uterine muscles and increase breast milk during breastfeeding; Dates also increase intelligence and strengthen fetal memory. One study found that eating dates four weeks before giving birth can make labor easier; Also, eating dates after pregnancy can help you lose weight and return to your ideal weight.
Seyyed Morteza Safavi, a nutritionist and university professor, said about the “properties of date fruit”: Dates are very suitable in the treatment and relief of gastrointestinal diseases, intestinal disorders, anemia, abdominal cancers, constipation and diarrhea. Dried dates have about 300 calories per 100 grams.
He continued: This fruit is very useful for people who want to gain weight; It also contains substances such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper.
Emphasizing that dates should be included in our daily food basket, the nutritionist added: 10 daily consumption is recommended for people who are thin; Consumption of dates also reduces a person’s desire to overeat.
Saying that dates are sweet and very nutritious fruits and help absorb nutrients in the body, Safavi said: “According to research by the American Cancer Society, each person needs 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day, which is consumed for health and fight against All types of cancers are very good and therefore eating dates can provide the same amount of fiber to the body.
Referring to other properties of dates, he noted: In people with retinal detachment, the consumption of dates is very effective. Based on studies among different people with vitamin A deficiency, it has been found that consuming dates is very effective in increasing the amount of this vitamin; While dates contain B vitamins, including B1, B2 and B3, dates also contain folate and vitamin A.
The nutritionist said: “Dates are very useful for the health and strength of bones and the elimination of allergies and anemia; In addition, due to the presence of natural sugars, which include glucose, fructose and sucrose, its consumption strengthens the body’s energy and improves the nervous system and heart.
Safavi said about “how to consume dates”: Consumption of dates with milk is very useful; So that dates can be crushed in milk and consumed and it is a good nutrient that has high calcium; It can also be flavored with cardamom powder and honey.
“People with diarrhea can eat ripe dates,” he said, adding that dates with tea are also recommended. Because dates contain potassium and the presence of this substance is very useful for treating this complication.
The nutritionist pointed out that ordinary people can eat up to 5 dates a day, said: People with diabetes should use yellow dates called “Zahedi”; Of course, as long as such people do not consume sugar, they can consume up to 5 dates a day.
Safavi stated that eating dates while fasting is also useful, adding that dates should be used in children after one year of age; In addition, when children use dates, the skin should not eat them.
The importance of consuming dates in the Quran and hadiths:
The date tree is mentioned 20 times in the Qur’an in 16 suras and 20 verses with titles such as: palm, palm, palm, palm, palm, palm. God says in verse 19 of Surah Al-Mu’minun about this fruit:
Dates are very valuable from a medical point of view, and as mentioned, the religion of Islam has made dates one of the most important fruits.
Imam Sadegh (AS) said: If the food was purer than wet dates, God will guide Hazrat Maryam (AS) to it and feed her.
Imam Ali (AS) said: It is necessary for you to eat dates; Because it overcomes helplessness and depression and warms the body that feels cold and satisfies the hungry and contains 72 types of healing.
Alireza Yargholi, a specialist in traditional medicine, said about the properties of dates: “The palm or date tree is a monocotyledonous, tropical plant and one of the dark palms, the fruit of which is an edible date with a hard core, thin skin and a sweet taste.”
He continued: The shape of a large cluster hangs from a branch. The height of the palm reaches 10 to 20 meters or more. This tree lives about two hundred years and its various parts such as pollen, fruit, leaves, flowers, seeds and gums are an important source of effective compounds.
* There are 200 types of dates in the world
“There are about 200 types of dates in the world,” said the traditional healer. The most famous types of dates in Iran are Pyaram, Colonial, Khanizi, Shahani, Mardasang, Mazafati, Zahedi, Kabkab, Rabbi, Barhi, Gantar, Al Mehtari, Khazravi and Khasavi. The nature of dates is hot and dry and hot churn and depending on the type.
Yargholi pointed out: high nutrition and building capacity and increasing body strength and blood formation, regulating the body’s digestive process and maintaining intestinal function, strengthening eyesight, relieving constipation, strengthening bones and joints, reducing allergies, strengthening and increasing the body’s nervous system, treating weakness Sexual power in cold-tempered people; It is one of the consumption properties of dates.
He added: “Treatment of diarrhea, diet adjustment due to high fiber, lowering body cholesterol, improving the condition of skin and nails, hair and preventing skin aging and body fluid balance are among the benefits of consuming dates.”
The traditional medicine expert added: “All types of dates are concentrated and if consumed in excess, they can cause concentration in the body and increase the concentration, which can lead to many diseases such as liver and spleen damage, high blood pressure,” It causes fatigue, bruising, diabetes and even anger and lack of concentration.
Yargholi pointed out: In a climate where palms are present, the consumption of dates can be several per day, but it is not recommended that in other climates, more than one or two dates per day. Due to the fact that dates are one of the nuts that can be found in all seasons, athletes can use this substance because of its high energy.
Increases body strength and blood formation, regulates the body’s digestive process and maintains intestinal function, strengthens vision, relieves constipation, strengthens bones and joints, reduces allergies, strengthens and raises the body’s nervous system; It is one of the consumption properties of dates
He noted: The reason for emphasizing the consumption of dates by athletes is that dates restore the body’s depleted energy. Dates contain vitamins such as C, B, A and E and contain some minerals. Dried dates have 300 calories, 2 grams of protein, 6 tenths of fat, 60 mg of sulfur, 50 mg of phosphorus, 650 mg of potassium, 65 mg of magnesium, 70 mg of calcium, 2 mg of iron and 2.2 mg of niacin. It has a small amount of sodium.
The traditional medicine expert said: There are 125 kcal per 100 grams of dates, while in every 100 grams of sugar, there are 400 kcal of energy, and the amount of energy from eating dates is much less than simple sugar.
Due to the different nutritional properties of dates and the fact that it is considered as a natural sugar, it is necessary for all families to include this useful food in their daily food basket, and especially students when attending school as a suitable food to Instead of snacks; Use cakes and biscuits in particular; Because the sugar in dates is absorbed faster and has a longer shelf life than other sweet foods; As a result, it enhances the learning process and memory.