Ramadan is truly amongst us, and the guarantee of sweet dates to break our fast looms even closer. The sweet and delicious fruit from the tropical oasis, is brimming with much-needed minerals and energy to help stay fit and healthy.
It has been attributed that the Prophet Muhammad (s) was reported to break his fast by eating some dates before offering Maghrib prayer. However, if ripe dates were not available, he used to substitute them with some dried grapes. When they too were not available, he used to have a few sips of water.
Yet despite being a chocolate-coloured, tender lolly-like substance, there are plenty of other things to look forward to. That is apart from the numerous health benefits to support those with heart disease, skin disease, wound, diarrhoea and labour pain.
For instance, dates are known to be:
- Fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free.
- Contain only 23 calories.
- Contain vitamin A and numerous B-complex vitamins that are necessary for building healthy body tissue.
- Contain 15 minerals, including magnesium, iron, phosphorous, copper, calcium, manganese just to name a few.
- A humble date contains more potassium per weight than a banana.
- Is loaded with dietary fibre, both soluble and insoluble, helping to ease digestion.
- Full of tannins which provide a high concentration of antioxidants, linked with fighting heart disease and cancer.
Islam has long celebrated the humble date.
In fact, it has been said that the Prophet Muhammed (s) stated that the origin of the Ajwah date grown in Madinah, Saudi Arabia can be traced to paradise itself.