Organic Dates, Medjool – 300g
While these organic dates don’t appear to be particularly special with their oddly wrinkled, brown exterior, they’re satisfyingly chewy and flavorful, dates are considered a drupe because they contain a single pit or stone at the center.
Originally grown in Morocco, medjool dates offer a sweeter and softer alternative to deglet noor dates, the variety of date most abundantly grown in California. Though they pack a heft caloric punch — a serving of just three dates contains 199 calories — medjool dates also have minerals, vitamins and fiber that boost their nutritional value. Use medjool dates in recipes, or eat them on their own for a healthy snack.
Carbohydrates and Fiber
Almost all of these calories — 99 percent — come from carbohydrates, and each serving of medjool dates ups your carbohydrate intake by 54 grams. Because your brain and muscles use carbohydrates as fuel, medjool dates help promote these tissues’ functions. A serving of dates also contains 4.8 grams of dietary fiber, which works to control your blood cholesterol levels and move food through your digestive tract. The fiber in a serving of dates contributes 13 percent toward the daily needs for men and 19 percent for women.
Snack on medjool dates as a source of vitamins B-6 and B-5. Together with the other B-complex vitamins, vitamins B-5 and B-6 maintain the health of your skin and hair while supporting liver function. Vitamin B-6 also helps you produce brain chemicals essential for mood regulation, while vitamin B-5 plays a role in red blood cell development. Each serving of medjool dates contains 580 micrograms of vitamin B-5 and 179 micrograms of vitamin B-6. This makes up 11 percent and 14 percent of your daily B-5 and B-6 intake requirements, respectively.