It’s the Muslim fasting period of Ramadhan and a lot of dates will be consumed during this period.
An odd number of dates is eaten to break the fast before the evening meal.According to the Muslim site Sunni.net one to three dates and 2 glasses of water is considered a healthy way to break the fast.
Dates are the fruits of the palm tree and the fruits have been a major part of the diet of the Middle east and South Asia.
Here in Kenya I have come across them thanks to the Muslim community a large majority of whom are found on the Kenyan coast.
Nutritionally dates are a source of simple sugars i.e sucrose and dextrose and that is why they are a great way of raising your blood sugars after a fasting period.
They are rich in dietary fibre and hence a good laxative if you suffer from constipation.
Dates are also a good source of iron which is essential for the formation of haemoglobin a blood component that determines the oxygen carrying capacity of red blood cells.They are also rich in potassium an important mineral that helps in the regulation of blood pressure heart rate.
Boiling milk in which dates have been added is a great convalescence drink too.