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Is it true that 2 dried dates are the equivalent of one fruit serving?

Yes, that’s true. One serving of dried dates amounts to 2 medium-sized pieces, that is 25 grams approx. Such a quantity contains around 70 calories originating essentially from carbohydrates.

And thanks to all their nutritional characteristics, dates are a suitable option for fasting people during this Holy month. They help them gain energy and vitality after a long period of fasting or at “suhuur” time. Dates can also be a nourishing “snack” to be taken before exercising. In addition, dates are very useful and nutritious for children; it’s a good way of keeping them away from industrial sweets that are filled with saturated fats and sugars.

On the other hand, people watching their intake of sugar-rich foods should pay attention to the quantity they’re consuming since 2 medium-sized pieces of dates contain about 18 grams of carbs. As for diabetics, it is necessary for them to consult with their specialist doctor who is the only person authorized to determine the quantity they are allowed to consume.

Nutrition-wise, dried dates are very rich in potassium. They are also useful for maintaining healthy bones and teeth since they are a good source of calcium and phosphorus. Moreover, dates contain magnesium and iron. In terms of vitamins, they are a good source of Group B vitamins – B2, B3, B5, B6. Dried dates are as well an important source of fiber since they contain about 7 grams of fiber per 100 grams and this makes them a gentle laxative.

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