Plump, chewy dates are a cornerstone of each B.O.S.S. Bar™. Dates are ancient fruits, having thrived for at least 50 million years. In some cultures date palms are called the “tree of life,” which is fitting because their fruit is both highly nutritious and delicious. Let’s learn more about this amazing superfood.
Dates have a high concentration of soluble fiber, which assists with maintaining healthy cholesterol and blood glucose levels. They contain beta-D-glucan, which is a type of soluble fiber that can absorb and hold water. This makes them easy to digest and process. Dates are also high in the electrolyte potassium, which regulates heart rate and blood pressure. They also contain significant amounts of the following important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Lutein and zeaxanthin
- Tannins and phenols
- 19 amino acids
- Copper and Zinc
- Calcium and phosphorus
- Vitamin B6 and other B vitamins
Despite their high sugar content, dates are considered a low-glycemic food. Their high fiber content assists with this. The type of sugar in dates is another factor to consider: they are high in fructose, glucose and sucrose, which are easily utilized by the body for energy.
You can learn more about the medicinal properties of dates by reviewing the scientific literature on this very special fruit. Dates have been studied for their benefits to a number of health concerns, including anemia, allergies, heart problems and problems with the nervous and digestive system.
There is no need to worry about genetically modified organisms (GMO) when it comes to dates. New trees are grown from the off-shoots, not from seeds. Learn more about dates and see how they are grown and harvested in this excellent post from the blog, Chocolate and Carrots.
Dates are just one of the many SUPERFOOD ingredients found in B.O.S.S. Bars™. These raw SUPERFOOD snack bars use only premium ingredients and are designed for your day. Learn more and shop here.