Date is a versatile food that has gained popularity in recent times. Sweet fruits of date palm tree, dates provide a plethora of health benefits when consumed in any form. Rich in various nutrients, fibre, and antioxidants, dates have been a part of the staple diet of many cultures since time immemorial. Date syrup or dhibs, which is extracted from the finest fully ripened pressed date fruits, provides numerous benefits when used for sweetening and flavouring recipes. Let us look at the top 4 facts about dhibs you were not aware about.
- It is an ancient sweetener
Date syrup is one of the oldest sweeteners available today. Ancient cuneiform manuscripts from Mesopotamia mention the syrup, showing it as the prime sweetener of that time. Moreover, date dhibs flaunt a long, storied history in the Levant, Ancient Persia and throughout the Middle Eastern regions. Date syrup or dhibs basically an invert sugar which gets easily absorbed and assimilated by the body. It’s a great natural sweetener for those looking to avoid the blood sugar spikes caused by many other forms of sugar.
- It has high nutritional value
The luxurious nectar of dates boasts of many essential nutrients that provide numerous health benefits. Date dhibs are a strong source of proteins that help us in staying fit, and even keep our muscles strong. Containing vitamins such as B1, B2, B3 and B5, as well as A1 and C, dhibs maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, provide hydration, and are required for cell function. They are also rich in minerals such as potassium, iron and magnesium.
- It has anti-bacterial properties
As per new research, date syrup or dhibs are more than a tasty marinade and contain chemical compounds that help ward off several bacterial infections. Organic dhibs constitute a number of phenolic compounds that form naturally in the date fruit as it matures. These compounds are known for their antioxidant potential and inhibit antibacterial healing properties similar to manuka honey.
- It decreases chances of common health issues
Dhibs are high in antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidants, particularly polyphenols from fruit, have shown to neutralize radicals and reduce the damage caused by inflammation. Antioxidants also protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. As our ability to produce antioxidants declines with age, a diet rich in antioxidants is extremely important.
Sweet and delicious, complex and real, date dhibs are more than delicious. They can replace any syrup or sweetener in your household. Date dhibs contain more nutrients and minerals compared to Maple Syrup and Honey. No wonder dates are renowned as being ‘brainfood’.