With the Holy month of Ramadan approaching there are some foods that should not be left off the shopping list. One of these foods is dates. Dates are known as the food Muhammad enjoyed. According to Hadith literature “the Messenger of Allah would break his fast with ripe dates before he would pray. If those were not available, he would eat dried dates. ”
Dried dates are one of the finest foods and a divine blessing to those fasting during Ramadan. “When drying dates the fruit retain their nutritional value, which is preserved for longer than fresh dates, making it very convenient,” says Hannes Jansen, CEO of Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts. Dates are rich in glucose and therefore it is ideal nourishment for the body because it contains a high percentage of sugars (from 75% to 87%) out of which glucose represents 55% and 45% fructose.
Dates are also an excellent source of fibre, magnesium, potassium, vitamins and carbohydrates. All of these nutrients are exactly what the body needs after it had been fasting from sunrise to sunset. Without the nourishment that dates provide, mild health problems like headaches, low blood sugar and lethargy may set in.
Eating dates at the end of the day nourishes the body. The sugar in dates travel quickly to the liver, where they are converted into energy faster than any other nutrient, which is what is needed to perform sunset prayers.
Praying between the eating of dates and the main meal gives the body time to metabolize the dates and water that has been consumed and to start the body’s digestive processes, which have been resting all day.
The carbohydrates in dates are digested slower than those in other foods. Should fried or fatty foods be taken immediately after the fast, they would digest fast and leave a person hungry for more. So much energy is spent on their digestion that the body needs to lower its other functions. The person feels sleepy and a repetition of this pattern may cause long-term damage to the body.
“Dates are also high in vitamins A and B6 and eating them during Ramadan is like taking a daily multivitamin, making the body stronger, healthier and fitter for fasting,” says Jansen. And lastly the large amount of dietary fibre prevents constipation and dates are said to protect the stomach and intestinal tract from parasites and bacteria.
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