Sweet Treat Is Fiber-Rich
Think dates taste too darn good to be healthy? Think again. Dates are good source of fiber and potassium--two nutrients lacking in the average American diet. The Deglet Noor variety is most commonly grown and sold in the United States, whereas the Medjool variety is cultivated in the Middle East and consumed worldwide. Both are also good sources of magnesium and manganese.
It's easy to keep munching these delicious snacks, so remember that a serving size is half a cup--about five dates, which contain roughly 115 calories. They're also an easy addition to healthy recipes, such as our featured recipe, “Sugarless Fruitcake.”