Which will you choose first to break the fast with a variety of dishes spread on your dining table? Drinks? Cakes? Fruits? Rice with fish? Biscuits? Dates? Or other than those listed?
Of course the dates, right? That’s what our Prophet encouraged to break the fast with. Dates contain high amounts of natural sugars, but they are low-glycemic index food and do not increase blood sugar levels after they eaten. If there is no date, plain water is the second best. Basically, the scientific name for dates is Phonex dactylifera and can be eaten cooked or raw. There are many benefits that can be found in dates:
1. Preventing Chronic Disease like Diabetes and Heart
2. Help in growth and mind alertness
3. Prevent Stroke Attack
4. Stimulate and increase the potential of pregnancy
5. Increase patience, polite and smart thinking
6. Easy to digest and energizes body
7. Take blessing at new born baby
8. It’s our Prophet’s favorite fruit
Dates contain lots of nutrients and vitamins that are needed by our body. The taste is so naturally sweet that it is always misinterpreted as an artificial-sugar-contained.
The amount of protein contain in a date is approximately 1.8 to 2.0%, for fiber is 2.0% to 4.0%, while sugar contains 50% to 57% glucose. This high amount of fiber High is good for bowel system. Dates are also rich in potassium and several other minerals. Potassium is an electrolyte that will re-balance the water in our body when we are insufficient of water, especially during fasting. Potassium also helps in maintaining the nervous system and building muscles which, includes the heart muscle .
There are varieties of dates that you might not know yet:
Ever wonder what type of dates you are eating? Now you can differentiate each kind of dates. There are jumbo, dry, wet, no seed and so on. Dates are also durable and not prune to stale. Dates are popular in Ramadhan. They sometimes prepare deserts or cookies that are made from dates for Eid Day. Not just that, cakes are also one of the popular food that includes dates as one of the ingredients. Try replacing sugar with dates, you will never regret it.