The sweetest thing about dates is that they are good for you and they have no known allergens attached to them! Okay, I'll tone the corniness down a notch or two, but seriously, they are an underrated food! Not only are dates an amazing source of quick, natural sugars (for that post-workout recuperation) they also are an amazing source of many other nutrients. Allow me to tell you just how awesome they are and soon you will be heading out to the grocery for more dates!
First of all, dates are rich in dietary fiber, I mean a mere 1/4-cup serving contains three grams. Yeah, that's 14 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber by the USDA in about two dates. Imagine if you had one cup!
Get this: just one cup equals 964mg of potassium! And do not forget that potassium is vital for metabolism and is needed for your heart and your bones.
Five or six dates provides roughly 5.8 percent of the RDA of magnesium for adult women and 4.5 percent of the RDA of magnesium for men. Once again, another nutrient important for metabolism as well as bones and teeth.
Two potent antioxidants, anthocyanins and carotenoids, are also found abundantly in dates. And just for a recap, antioxidants helps prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's Disease.