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!
I don't eat them often...
Stay hungry, my friends.
P.S. Breakfast sausage in place of the goat cheese is good too.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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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