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Healthy Heart Tip #23 - Include dates in your diet

Including dates in your diet can help prevent the risk of heart disease

Dates, or khajur, are a chewy and sweet fruit often relished as a snack or used in desserts and chutneys for their sweet and rich flavour. Dates have several health benefits and keeping your heart healthy is just one of them. The vitamins and minerals, along with antioxidants, present in dates ensure that your heart is in perfect condition. Here s how adding a few dates to your daily diet will reduce your risk of heart disease. Also, here are top 10 heart healthy foods.

Why dates are good for the heart?

Dates are rich in antioxidants that help in getting rid of free radicals from the body. This is beneficial for inhibiting the oxidation of bad cholesterol or LDL in the body and also eliminates the cholesterol from the arterial cells. The high fibre content of dates not only takes care of the digestive system but also prevents the bad cholesterol build up. According to a study published in Food & Functional Journal, researchers have found out that dates eaten with their seeds can provide protection against hardening of arteries or artherosclerosis.

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Lower levels of potassium can increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart diseases. Dates are one of the richest sources of potassium as around 100gm of dates contain 656mg of potassium. Potassium also helps relax the muscles of the heart, thereby maintaining good heart health.

How to consume dates?

You can consume them whole without seeds. The seeds need to be powdered before consumption. Dates can be added to desserts as they sweeten it naturally. You can even make a date milkshake without sugar to reap its benefits. Add chopped dates to fruit salads or cereals.

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