Health Benefits and Other Info
A Date with Vitamins
One reason why fresh or dried dates should be a part of your daily diet is because of the variety of
vitamins that are present in this fruit. Dried dates contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K,
Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Niacin and Riboflavin.
It has been seen that the antioxidative properties of dried dates can aid in digestion and provide relief
from conditions like acidity and heart burn. It can also help provide relief from conditions like stomach ulcers
and colitis. It curbs the growth of several pathological organisms in the intestines and aids in the growth of
friendly bacteria that help digestion.
Macronutrients are the nutrients your body needs in the largest amounts, and include protein, fat and
carbohydrates. The macronutrient content of fresh dates vs. dried dates are different. While protein and fat
only differ slightly, the carbohydrate content doubles in dried dates when compared to fresh. Dried dates
are also a better source of fiber than fresh ones.
Dried dates are a better source of calcium and iron than fresh, but fresh dates are a better source of
vitamin C. A 3.5 oz. serving of fresh dates contains 34 mg of calcium, 6 g of iron and 30 mg of vitamin C,
and the same size serving of dried dates contains 81 mg of calcium, 8 mg of iron and 0 mg of vitamin C.