Dates, medjool

Fun Facts

  1. Eating medjool dates satisfies your sweet tooth while providing energy, vitamins and minerals needed to maintain overall health. Medjool dates have been cultivated for thousands of years for their sweet, rich flavor.
  2. They’re a type of fruit that grows on date palm trees in hot, dry climates such as the Middle East, Africa and California. You may be able to find fresh dates if you live in an area where they grow.
  3. Dried fruit, such as dates, contain more calories in a smaller volume than fresh fruit because a large amount of water has been removed. Eating just two small dates, which average about 1 to 2 inches long, gives you 133 calories. Be mindful of your portion size because it’s easy to overeat these sweet fruits, which may lead to weight gain over time. However, they are a fat-free food, making them a good alternative to high-fat desserts when trying to limit your daily fat intake.
  4. Most of the calories in dates come from the carbohydrates they contain. You’ll get 36 grams of total carbohydrate from eating two dates. Three of these grams come from dietary fiber, which helps regulate digestion and may aid in lowering cholesterol.

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