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• Michele Tully
Dates are Heart Healthy
California Dates meets the American Heart Association’s definition of heart healthy. “A diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. Dates are free of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and cholesterol.
Triglycerides (TG) are fats circulating naturally in the blood stream carrying energy throughout the body. When the triglyceride level becomes elevated it can be a risk factor for many diseases, mainly:
Non-alcoholic fatty liver
During a routine health check-up at the Doctor’s office, blood is monitored for normal levels of triglycerides, at the same time tests are done for cholesterol and other heart risk factors.
Clinical research suggests that eating 7¹ dates a day can help to improve your triglyceride levels in as little as 30 days.
7 dates are equal to 100 grams or,
About 2 ½ – 40 grams serving size throughout the day.
40 grams is equal to about a ¼ cup of chopped dates.
Date polyphenols² (including proanthocyanins) show bioactivity³ for maintaining healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
¹ (Wasseem, 2009) Wasseem R, Aviram, M, et al. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 2009, 57 (17), pp 8010-8017.
² Polyphenols naturally occur in fruits and vegetables. Plant polyphenols are what give fruits and vegetables their color. Polyphenols are antioxidants that removes free radicals from the body, reducing inflammation and restores damaged cells. Free radicals occur naturally within the body damaging healthy cells, leaving them vulnerable to disease.
³ Bioactivity, influencing a living organism, bioactive molecules