raw baked good
Got a sweet tooth? Then this recipe is definitely for you. Why? Because dates are one of the best natural sources of sugar you can possibly find. While they are calorie rich, they're also packed full of a huge list nutrients, and hence, the health benefits of this little fruit with a pip is gigantic! When you eat dates, you know for a fact that you fill your body with goodness - vitamin A and beta-carotene for eyes and mucus membranes, vitamin K for your skin and bone metabolism, antioxidants known as 'tannins' for anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties, lots of iron to increase the oxygen carrying capacities of your red blood cells (and to assist with anemia!), and potassium to regulate body fluids and control blood pressure. Not only that, but dates are an excellent source of minerals such as calcium (essential for bones and teeth, muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nerve impulses), manganese (nerve and brain functions), copper (red blood cell production) and magnesium (bone growth). Because it's also a good source of dietary fiber, it flushes out chemicals in the gut, creating bulk and therefore works as a laxative. The upside to this is also that it reduces the absorption of LDL cholesterol.