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Are dried dates good for you?

Asked by Jude (32152points) February 1st, 2012

I have been cutting out refined sugar, and that’s hard for a sweet tooth!! The natural sweetness that comes from fruit is okay, but, what about dried dates? Are they healthy?

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SpatzieLover's avatar

Here is the nutritional breakdown of dates

Considering one date has 16 grams of sugar and is considered a high glycemic food, I’d say there are healthier choices for you if you are really trying to cut down on sugars.

Are there nuts you like? If you chop the dates and add them to a handful of nuts, that can be a tasty treat.

marinelife's avatar

Dates are very high in sugar. Natural or not, it’s not good for you.

Jude's avatar

So much for that.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Jude If you go to the first link I provided above, you can search any foods you are eating or thinking about eating. It’s a great tool to use when searching for healthier options.

sinscriven's avatar

They are a good source of potassium, but indeed are high in sugar. Unless you’re diabetic I don’t see why you couldn’t have a serving of them in your diet, it’s still a better treat for you than HFCS or sugar substitute treats.

Bellatrix's avatar

I love them too but all dried fruits are high in sugar (I believe). They taste so good though don’t they?

JaneraSolomon's avatar

Refined “natural” sugar is the dried sap of fruit; dried fruit contains the dried sap of fruit, there’s not really much difference in my mind. White sugar is also bleached, of course, but that’s another issue.

mattbrowne's avatar

Depends. If you got no weight problem, dates are fine. They also contain lots of fibers.

And one cannot generalize that diabetics can’t eat sugar. It’s not 1970 anymore. But the myth lives on.

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