Dr Jack A T Edmonds MB BS FRCGP

Private General Practitioner

Your Health in Our Hands

120 Harley Street
London
W1G 7JW

Phone: 020 7935 5050
Fax: 020 7935 3888
Email: enquiry@drjackedmonds.co.uk

Dates

The date palm is called the “Tree of Life” and according to Muslim legend is said to have been made from the dust that was left over after the creation of Adam several thousand years ago.  It’s that wonderful time of year when dates are most popular.  A single pitted date contains 23 calories and are packed with numerous beneficial minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.  Medjool or Deglet Noor - They make an excellent seasonal gift!

Key nutrients : Fibre and rich in calcium, copper, manganese, iron, phosphorus and potassium.  A good source for folic acid, selenium and zinc together with B vitamins niacin, B6 riboflavin, thiamine and pantothenic acid.

Healing Properties : the soluble fibre called beta-d-glucan decreases the body’s absorption of glucose thereby helping to even out blood sugar levels.  They aid digestion and slows down gastric emptying and are also believed to contain rich anti-cancer compounds.

Choosing and Cooking : Soft and semi-soft dates are best stored in airtight containers or can be kept in the fridge for up to 8 months.  Dried dates can be kept in the freezer for up to 5 years!  For Christmas try stuffing with an almond, a pecan, dab of peanut butter, cottage cheese or even marzipan (which my mother used to do – delicious!).   Add to porridge, mix chopped with cottage cheese and fill celery sticks as a canape.  So versatile the choices and alternative ideas are yours.  Merry Christmas.

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