Why are dates good for you?
- They may help lower cholesterol. Dates are loaded with soluble fiber, which may help to lower the total cholesterol in your blood.
- They’re good for bone health. Dates contain minerals like selenium, magnesium, manganese and copper, which are thought to keep bones healthy and help to prevent osteoporosis.
- They’re good for constipation. Dates are known for helping to relieve constipation, most likely due to their soluble fiber and magnesium content.
- They’re rich in iron. Dates are a plant-based source of iron, which may help to prevent anemia. (I ate a bunch of them during my second pregnancy, and I managed to avoid anemia like I had during my first pregnancy.)
- They’re good for your skin. Dates contain vitamins C and D, which are thought to help with skin elasticity.
1 pound dates , pitted (about 4 cups tightly packed)
1 1/2 cups water
In the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade, combine the pitted dates and water.
Process until very smooth, scraping down the bowl to make sure all of the dates are incorporated.
Store the date paste in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, and use it in your favorite healthy recipes.