Mar 25 2022
Ramadan 2022: The Science of Breaking Fast with Dates.

Since Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) advised fellow Muslims to break their fasts with the precious sacred fruit, Dates (Khajoor) have been a mainstay of Ramadan tables for Iftar and Suhoor (Sehri). As a result, it has become a prominent Muslim tradition.

With the start of Ramadan season, dates are one of the most popular foods. They're available in a variety of forms, including dried, deseeded, syrup, milkshakes, and sweets. Vendors in and surrounding mosques stock them up in considerable quantities. While most of us enjoy them, few of us understand why they are so popular.

That brings us to the religious aspect of the narrative. Science, on the other hand, has provided some facts and data to back up this age-old tradition. Let's have a look at the scientific reasons about them:

 

1- BOOSTS ENERGY

According to Nutritionists and scientists, the sugar in Dates and Dry Fruits keeps our energy levels high. Dates, in addition to being tasty, are a true curative and remedial reserve, particularly when it comes to fasting. After a full day of fast, the body requires energy, and so dates are packed with sugars, which give it the much-required boost. Other foods take time and may not help get rid of the fatigue from fasting so quickly. They assist in swiftly replenishing empty carbohydrate stores, suppressing sugar cravings, and so help you control your appetite throughout the day, thanks to their high carbohydrate content, which packs a lot of energy in such a small volume. 

During Ramadan, following Dates are preferred most for their High Energy and Nutrition-Rich Values:

Black Ajwa Dates 

Kalmi / Safawi Dates 

Medjool Dates 

Tunisian Dates 

Sukkary Dates

 

2- NUTRITION -RICH

Dates are a powerhouse of nutrition, high in body-building amino acids, vitamins A, B, and C, as well as various other minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, zinc, copper, and selenium. 7 dates a day is the perfect serving size to help our bodies maintain an excellent physical balance.

 

3- HELPS YOU FEEL FULL

They set the way for food intake: You haven’t eaten anything the entire day, so you can’t be gobbling down whatever food you like. Starting with dates helps to secrete the digestive juices that pave the way for food to arrive in your stomach.

 

4- PREPARES YOUR STOMACH FOR DIGESTION

Dates prepare our stomach to receive the food after being inactive throughout the day by activating the release of digestive secretions and juices. Eating dates when breaking your fast helps your hunger and prevents you from excessive eating which could cause digestion troubles.

 

5- CONSTIPATION RELIEF

Dates protects us from having constipation as a result of change in the eating times or low fiber intakes during fasting days. Dieticians advocate ingesting at least 20 to 30 grams of fibre per day to keep everything working smoothly. According to studies, increasing your dietary fibre intake improves faecal volume and lessens intestinal transit time, preventing constipation. During Ramadan, you might as well take advantage of dates' high fibre content to improve digestion and prevent constipation, which is a common and terrible side effect of the fasting period's reduced food and drink consumption.

 

6- NERVOUS SYSTEM & ENERGY

Dates, which are high in vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and niacin (B3), as well as vitamin B6, help us achieve our daily vitamin B requirements. The B vitamins described above play a role in metabolising carbs, proteins, and lipids, or deriving energy from them. They also play a crucial role in the nervous system's proper functioning. You will most likely experience fluctuating and decreasing energy levels, weakness, weariness, and attention issues if you are deficient in these vitamins. This is especially helpful while you're fasting and dealing with brain fog.

 

7- STRENGTHEN BONES

Calcium and phosphorus are two minerals that work together to protect bone health, and when taken together, their absorption is strengthened. Dates, which include minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc as well as phosphorus, should be consumed on a daily basis to improve bone health and avoid diseases like osteoporosis.

 

8- HEALTHY REPLACEMENT TO SUGAR

Dates are natural sweetener. While dates are a concentrated source of sugar, they're considered lower glycemic than other refined sugars. The fiber in dates helps balance out the sugar preventing such a drastic blood sugar spike!. This along with the additional nutrients make dates a great sugar replacement!

 

9- BONUS: SAVES YOU FROM BLACK MAGIC AND POISON

If somebody consumes Seven Ajwa dates in the morning, neither magic nor poison will hurt him that day.

Other popular dry fruits for Holy Month of Ramadan are Almonds, Cashews, Ajwa Seeds Powder, Pistachios, Raisins, Walnuts, Figs and Almonds Flakes and Pista Flakes. We also have Stuffed Dates and Chocolate Dates for Gifting. Happy Ramadan to all. Have a blessed month.

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