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Adventures with Dates

November 25, 2011

The delicious, edible kind, of course.

$1.99 at your local No Frills, and worth every penny.

Lately, I’ve been addicted to dried dates. Like, seriously addicted, in what would be a bad way if dates were at all detrimental to your health. I can pick up a small tub at my local No Frills and be through it in about three days, and that’s with attempts at moderation. I don’t really try too hard to resist temptation though – it’s hard to, when I know that dates provide a lot of the nutrients I miss out on because I’m gluten-free.

According to the Calorie Gallery (props to whoever came up with that moniker right there), for every 59 grams of dried dates you consume, you get about 10% of your daily iron intake, 59% of your daily fibre, as well as protein, calcium, and carbs. I don’t know about you, but I miss snacking on carbs all the time – dates are a great way to indulge. To be fair, that many dried dates also amounts to 200 calories (but who’s counting, amirite?) – probably not a good idea to make a meal out of them.

Oh, and apparently HealthMad is certain that dates help with anemia, fatigue, constipation, and may prevent abdominal cancer. This is corroborated by Discovery Health, which also has a handy little chart full of stats for ya. So if you’re looking for a guilt-free binge food, look no further – and no, I did not just write this entire post to justfiy my obsessive consumption of dates.

Maybe a little bit.

PS: The only downside to dates is that it’s nigh on impossible to get locally-grown ones (for obvious reasons), and I have not really ever seen any “organic” dates for sale… I’ma keep you posted on that one.

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