Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Calories in Fresh Dates
One common date contains about 3 calories in its raw state. A Medjool contains about 15 and is packed with potassium content.
When we move into the Dried Fruit Territory, out come the big guns.
In this situation, small cannons as the caloric values spike greatly bring those 3 teensy calories to almost seven times their value at 20 each.
But we're all familiar with the saying, "You have to spend money to make money," as well as, "I saved money by spending money."
Depending upon how you look at things, when you spend your caloric bucks on this specimen - you're going to get a whole lot in return in the area of nutritional values.
The Nutritional Facts for Dates, Deglet (Common) and Medjool Varieties
When you purchase this sweet fruit at your local market, you're more likely than not purchasing the Deglet Noor which is the common variety. Just like cabbage - there are many species of some foods; the green head that most Americans are familiar with (jealously aside) is known as common green cabbage.
When the dried variety comes into the nutritional picture, the caloric values spike; therefore - use great moderation because these babies are so tasty that it is easy to become carried away in their glory.
About five dried dates equal about 100 calories, which makes an excellent snack as they are packed with punch in the areas of potassium, dietary fiber and protein content.
And they are naturally low in dietary fat and contain no cholesterol to block those precious arteries. Rather than damage heart health, they add a positive boost.
Dates provide a healthy low fat snack alternative and are low in sodium, but actually contain little to no Vitamin C - which is rare for fruits. The Deglet Noor contains just a tinge at 0.4 mg per 100 grams. The Medjool variety is Vitamin C-less.
Date Caloires, Nutrition Facts, Dried State
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