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We really like dates!

I like to puree them and add dried fruit or nuts for a Lara type snack bar, eat them right from the box, and wrap them with bacon for a delicious hors d’oeuvre!

Not only are they yummy they’re very good for you too!

Check this out from “wholefooddelights.com”

 MEDJOOL & NEGLET NOOR DATES ARE GOOD FOR YOU

“Medjool dates are large moist dates (2 ½ times as large as a normal date), while the smaller Deglet Noor dates are a drier date. These dates provide fiber, potassium, and magnesium nutrients that defend us from heart disease and cancer. Evidence shows that eating fiber-rich foods reduces our risk of colon, rectum, and breast cancers. Soluble fibers have been linked to low blood cholesterol levels and scientists believe they may help lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar. Four medjool dates provide 570 milligrams of stroke-reducing Potassium and 10% of the U.S. RDA of essential Magnesium. Potassium works with sodium and magnesium to regulate blood pressure and to control the proper rhythm of the heart. One study showed that eating even one serving daily of fresh fruits or vegetables high in potassium can reduce the risk of stroke by 40%. Potassium is necessary to maintain fluid balance in cells, transmit nerve signals, release energy from carbohydrates and proteins, improve the delivery of oxygen to the brain, and aids clear thinking. Magnesium is very important because it plays a major role in almost every major biological process. It is essential for maintaining the heart, good nerve function, bone formation and many general metabolic processes. Magnesium has been shown to be an essential component of more than 300 critical enzymatic reactions. It activates enzymes that control energy release from glucose and fats, and releases energy stored in muscles so it can be used.”

Co-ops usually have large quantities of dates resonably priced, so, this is how I usually get them. Recently, I didn’t use up my dates quickly enough and when I went to get them they were as hard as rocks!! If this happens to you, simply soak them in water for about ten minutes, and they are as good as new!

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