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How do you like dates?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Dates are very sticky, sweet , nourishing and tasty*

Do you know any facts on dates* At the moment i eat a lot of dates. I remember in old times i got realy pain from eating dates. Nor after cleaning my diet torwards a paleo diet, i can eat them again.

At the moment they taste wonderful.

Do you also had pain eating dates? Or do they make insulin spikes? OR are there any reasons to avoid them? Or do they have any miracle medical effect????

Lets collect some experiences and data!

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on June 13, 2012
at 04:05 PM

They also have a glycemic index/load higher than pure sugar. Sure are tasty, though. Definitely kryptonite for me. I like them stuffed with cheese.

1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

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on April 17, 2012
at 02:23 AM

They actually have 18 grams of carbs per date. Eeek! http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/7348/2

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

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on April 16, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Good question - and good for any smart cookie to verify her sources. I just quickly plugged into nutrition data, which says one medjool date is 18g: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/7348/2 The deglet noor seem to have fewer, but they are much smaller. Whether or not this means anything good or bad I cannot say :-)

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on April 16, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Dates DO look like large cockroaches! I thought I was the only one who thought that! They're the exact color too!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 16, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Where did your friend get this from? I looked on various sites online and they say 6-7g/date.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 16, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Seriously? Two downvotes? Stay classy (and unfunny) whoever you are...

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on April 15, 2012
at 09:11 PM

BS. I've lost well over 20kg eating 15 dates a week.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on April 15, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Mmm I need to try making those- I love the key lime!

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on April 15, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Holy meta-pun, batman!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 15, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Sounds like palmetto bugs. We have them here in FL as well, and they like to nest in particular varieties of palm trees

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on April 15, 2012
at 07:27 PM

You so sweet smartcookie ;)

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 15, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Key lime style larabars made with lime juice (fresh) coconut and dates are simply delicious!

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on April 15, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I lived in Cyprus for quite a while - went to school there. Well, in Cyprus, they have these massive brown cockroaches, which can also fly. Dates - the dried ones in any case - look exactly like them. I really cannot get over it! Those roaches traumatized me big time, since this is coming from a person who eats every organ she can get her hands on, loves natto, sucks out prawn brains, makes stock with chicken feet and decimates the world oyster population. But, there you go, I wouldn't touch a date with a ten foot pole.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on April 15, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Damn I wanted to make that joke!

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on February 16, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Dates dry right on the tree, so a "dried" date is how it is "meant" to be consumed if there is such intentionality present in ecology.

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(19469)

on February 16, 2012
at 10:23 PM

I'm thinking..."ok, cooked" then I'm like "alright, maybe with some bacon" and then by the last part I realized that you weren't talking about dates, you were talking about DATES!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on May 27, 2011
at 11:18 AM

Dates are good but I think figs are even better ;)

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on May 27, 2011
at 05:48 AM

they're good but not good for you. whole fruit is not meant to be consumed in dried form - from a health perspective at least, since that turns fruit into sugar bombs.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 27, 2011
at 12:58 AM

For real, 20 a day? Wow, that's impressive. I honk they're tasty but man that's serious:) figs are rad too. For dried fruit, hose two are the only ones I've ever really gone for

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 27, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Nice wording, Amanda:)

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 26, 2011
at 11:32 PM

pfft - beat me to it Thomas

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on May 26, 2011
at 11:04 PM

dates stuffed with herbed goat cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, and broiled for a few minutes is seriously one of the best things i have ever put in my face. highly recommended.

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on May 26, 2011
at 11:01 PM

@Nick A--dates are a good source of lot of vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, magnesium, copper, potassium, and iron. They are also pretty rich in various antioxidants. They got a lot more than sugar goin' on, that's for sure.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 26, 2011
at 10:12 PM

If you think dates are bad, try marriage. Then you won't complain any more.

19eedcc966e18e2864383fa53dcb80f6

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on May 26, 2011
at 08:44 PM

what is nourishing about them?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 26, 2011
at 08:11 PM

amen. hands down the tastiest plain thing this planet creates.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on April 15, 2012
at 09:06 PM

I don't eat them often...

how-do-you-like-dates?

Stay hungry, my friends.

P.S. Breakfast sausage in place of the goat cheese is good too.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on April 16, 2012
at 12:35 AM

Seriously? Two downvotes? Stay classy (and unfunny) whoever you are...

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Medium avatar

(19469)

on May 26, 2011
at 07:51 PM

A good organic Medjool date is just about the closest thing to candy that nature produces. That being said, I don't like dates, I LOVE them. They are delicious. I also know that they pack a TON of sugar and as such should be treated with respect and only the occasional indulgence.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 26, 2011
at 08:11 PM

amen. hands down the tastiest plain thing this planet creates.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on May 27, 2011
at 11:18 AM

Dates are good but I think figs are even better ;)

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2ba707059b87c00b522551c52515a3f0

on May 27, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I study history as a hobby (been studying nutrition for a few days, only) and the way that the "Paleo hunter-gatherer" is theoretically described seems reminiscent to the lifestyle of ancient Arabs (200-800 AD). Insomuchas, fairly natural things were consumed, meals hard to come by, etc.

A typical way to eat dates (for the morning meal especially, but also for the evening meal) was to dip them in a paste made from ghee and fried ground millet. Dates are dense (filling) and based on what I've read, millet is filling. So, perhaps this combination got them through the day quite well, when a third meal was the exception, not the rule.

Dates, either alone, or in combinations like this, were a staple of the ancient Middle East, and people subsisted on them for meals at a time.

Dates can be stored for up to a year (hence, were often bought in year-long supplies at harvest-time, by those with the capital to do so), can be easily transported, do not damage easily, and are filling. The cultivation process is labor-intensive, and makes them more expensive than other fruits, like bananas. There are many varieties, not all of them are soft and melty. Most of the bedouins would have subsisted on harder, dryer kinds. Many would have eaten hardened dates, long before, or long past their ideal eating time.

I don't know about their nutritional benefits, outside of the basic stuff that can be gleaned from Google, but at least some groups throughout history, leading lifestyles reminiscent of hunters and gatherers, relied on them heavily.

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9c2ad0dd2d6b7a3fa184b3001e73577d

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on May 26, 2011
at 09:35 PM

I like mine hot, Paleo, and with a nice Crossfit body ;)

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(19469)

on February 16, 2012
at 10:23 PM

I'm thinking..."ok, cooked" then I'm like "alright, maybe with some bacon" and then by the last part I realized that you weren't talking about dates, you were talking about DATES!

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on April 15, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Damn I wanted to make that joke!

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65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on April 15, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Dates:love them, but not in love with them. We broke up a couple years ago when I became aware how dependent I was becoming on them, those sweet sugar bombs.

I could eat a good 20 alone.. Or dipped in hazelnut butter... Or mashed with cinnamon, macadamia nut butter and toasted almond- hazelnut butter with shredded coconut stirred in. This didn't just trigger a binge, it WAS a binge, and became a problem that I ended.

Say hello for me, but don't get the impression dates are welcome to come round for a visit. We've both moved on :)

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on April 15, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Holy meta-pun, batman!

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B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on May 27, 2011
at 03:04 AM

bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese... mmmmmMMMM!!

They're sweet and have about 6 grams of carb per date (medjool) but they are filling and satisfying and a good source of iron. They don't make me want to eat a whole pile (especially with the bacon)... 2 is enough for me.

When I went to Israel last year I got to see some really old date trees that were still producing. I felt very small and insignificant compared to that date palm tree.

1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

(1295)

on April 17, 2012
at 02:23 AM

They actually have 18 grams of carbs per date. Eeek! http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/7348/2

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28bd65a868abd76e0d544d91b46a975e

on May 26, 2011
at 08:35 PM

While they might be tasty, they are fructose bombs. Definitely stay away if you're trying to lean out.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on April 15, 2012
at 09:11 PM

BS. I've lost well over 20kg eating 15 dates a week.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 13, 2012
at 04:05 PM

They also have a glycemic index/load higher than pure sugar. Sure are tasty, though. Definitely kryptonite for me. I like them stuffed with cheese.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on May 26, 2011
at 09:32 PM

I try to keep them to a minimum; sometimes I make raw bars with them (a la larabar), I'm intrigued by the idea of stuffing them with cheese and wrapping them in bacon, mmmm...

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 27, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Nice wording, Amanda:)

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on May 26, 2011
at 11:04 PM

dates stuffed with herbed goat cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, and broiled for a few minutes is seriously one of the best things i have ever put in my face. highly recommended.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on April 15, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Mmm I need to try making those- I love the key lime!

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on April 15, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Key lime style larabars made with lime juice (fresh) coconut and dates are simply delicious!

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Df3dc8e3f23441740cb607edd823541f

on April 15, 2012
at 03:03 PM

I am currently addicted to dates stuffed with an almond. We are cuttin candy, and other sugary treats, out of our son's diet and he is perfectly happy with dates as a replacement. We still limit the dates, but they are a much better option than candy!

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46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

on June 13, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Dates - I eat 2 a day. That is my limit to keep the sugar down. I use whole Medjool Dates and stuff them with almond butter and it is a little piece of heaven for me. Unfortunately, I work outside all day long and don't usually stop for lunch. Paleo friendly 'hand food' is hard to come by. The dates keep me satisfied for several hours of physically demanding work.

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Cfb784283e7968e6e7739cf47011b03e

on May 02, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Absolutely love dates....as mentioned they are nature's candy. That said, along with figs, they are kinda nature's original power bar and were even part of the endurance diet used by the Roman legions to fuel long marches etc. They taste great and sweet but they are also sugar packed calorie dense foods just like a Cliff or Power bar.

I kinda look at all the "bar" products on the market as "event foods" which if they are consumed at all, are consumed during specific long training efforts or race day. However wholesome a Lara Bar might sound on the ingredient list, I don't consider them to be an everyday snack food or meal replacement. There's just too many calories in too little space IMO. So the only time you'll find me powering down a Cliff bar or the like is on the back half of the bike leg as a dense fuel source for the upcoming run....never as a Wednesday afternoon snack in the office.

I sorta regard dates and figs much the same way but to a lesser extent. These I WILL drop into my lunch container from time to time as a rare "treat". I enjoy them because they are just plain gooeyer (is that a word?) and sweeter than the standard fare of fresh (undried) fruits but I try not to eat them every day and never by the handful for the same reason's I don't eat Power Bars that way.....

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on April 16, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Meh. They just taste like straight sugar to me. I prefer things with more flavor like dried mango (which is crack, by the way).

I do like them in Larabar-style things and stuffed with chorizo and Manchego or wrapped in bacon.

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D4d83e7981ca572aaaa19fc620bb54f1

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on April 15, 2012
at 08:27 PM

I had some just before seeing your question! I already liked them, but since finding some softer ones from Israel I've been enjoying them even more.

I like having them with a cup of whole organic milk. I eat about 4, but not everyday. I took a break from them for a month or two, just in case it was too much sugar, but they were actually almost all the carbs I was consuming for some time.

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5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

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on April 15, 2012
at 06:23 PM

oeh I like them a lot! Cut i peaces with some raisins and grated coconut XD

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Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

on May 26, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I am so glad you posted this question on dates because I LOVE dates. I used to eat 20 dates per day. Then, my "friend" told me there are 20g carbs in a single date. ;-) So good.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 27, 2011
at 12:58 AM

For real, 20 a day? Wow, that's impressive. I honk they're tasty but man that's serious:) figs are rad too. For dried fruit, hose two are the only ones I've ever really gone for

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on April 15, 2012
at 07:27 PM

You so sweet smartcookie ;)

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 16, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Where did your friend get this from? I looked on various sites online and they say 6-7g/date.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

(1652)

on April 16, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Good question - and good for any smart cookie to verify her sources. I just quickly plugged into nutrition data, which says one medjool date is 18g: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/7348/2 The deglet noor seem to have fewer, but they are much smaller. Whether or not this means anything good or bad I cannot say :-)

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8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on April 16, 2012
at 09:01 PM

They really are delicious and have key nutrients, but they are very high in sugar. Just make sure you adjust the rest of your diet to fit them in healthfully and don't end up pounding sugar like there is no tomorrow.

I was on a date-kick for a while, and didn't gain or lose any weight. But your mileage may vary. The ones with the pit still in are my favorite. They're much more moist.

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E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on April 16, 2012
at 08:28 PM

I love dates but the last few times I had them (not even that many, maybe like 7 or 8), I broke out really bad afterwards... I think I'm going to have to avoid them for a few more months at least, which sucks because they're perhaps one of my favorite foods ever.

And I know it was the dates and not something else because I had them plain and didn't eat or drink anything else for like an 8 hour window... bummer!

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on May 26, 2011
at 11:35 PM

I don't know about dates, but I was a huge raisin addict. Handfuls of them daily - and I have the cavities to prove it. They might be 'good' for you but don't let the sugar sit on your teeth...

Also there was a little problem with gas. OK, a big problem. Careful around fire kind of problem. I'm much more pleasant to be around now that I'm off them.

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

(803)

on May 27, 2011
at 05:48 AM

they're good but not good for you. whole fruit is not meant to be consumed in dried form - from a health perspective at least, since that turns fruit into sugar bombs.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on February 16, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Dates dry right on the tree, so a "dried" date is how it is "meant" to be consumed if there is such intentionality present in ecology.

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Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

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on May 26, 2011
at 11:27 PM

I don't like them. Waaaaay too sweet.

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