The beauty benefits of dates.
Ahh, don't you just love flipping over to the next month in your calendar? Oh wait... I'm talking about the wrong dates here.
Phoenix dactylifera - date Palm.
Classified as a stone fruit like peaches, cherries, and plums, the date comes in a wide variety of flavors and sizes but for this post we will focus on the Medjool Date. Originally cultivated in Morocco, you can now find these dates grown all over the United States, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.
Medjool dates are known to be darker in color and sweeter than other dates. Having a caramel-like quality in both taste and texture. Although these sweet treats are nature made, just one pitted date contains 66 calories. This means you can have about 30 dates until you hit your daily suggested calorie intake.. so.. snack wisely. Two or three should do it.
EAT THESE INSTEAD
Along with those 66 calories, one pitted date contains 16 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of sugar and packed with other skin benefitting nutrients.
If you're already eating a balanced diet without too many added sugars perhaps this could be a sweet addition but if you're like many who crave a piece of candy here and there, try these instead. I promise you're going to like them.
Medjool dates are loaded with:
They also provide an excellent source of plant phytonutrients. Studies have shown they can stimulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, prevent DNA damage, and improve hormone regulation. All contibuting factors that play a huge role in your skin's overall health and appearance.
There are so many easy ways to add these natural candies to your diet. Keep them stored in the freezer and snack on a couple when you need some sweetness, or use them to replace other sweeteners such as syrup, honey, and agave in your smoothies.