Dates are believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 6000 BC.
In later times, Arabs spread dates around northern Africa and into Spain, and dates were introduced into California by the Spaniards in 1765. The fruit is a drupe known as a date.
Dates do not contain much vitamin c but are rich in iron and fibre. They therefore have a laxative effect, they are great for reducing cholestrol and, due to their high iron content, are a blood builder so aids treatment for anaemia.
Dates, as well as being a delicious sweet snack food, contain nutrients essential for a healthy wellbeing. They aid digestion, are an energy booster, maintain a healthy nervous system due to their potassium content.
They are a great source of food to conquer that sweet craving the healthy way. Dates are a good source of selenium. Selenium is a potent antioxidant that also benefits thyroid function and the immune system.
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