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Are Dates Good For Diabetes?

Are Dates Good or Bad For Diabetes

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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, are dates good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid).

Corny joke alert! I can only assume this question is about the fruit and not the act of going out with a companion for a meal and perhaps a movie.

A product of the date palm this delicious fruit has been cultivated since approximately 6000 B.C. The date is one of the sweetest fruits in existence and comes in many different varieties. Dates are versatile in that they can be tasty eaten fresh or dried.

Dates are loaded with anti-oxidants and are fat free and cholesterol free, which is good for any health-conscious individual, not just for those with diabetes. Several necessary minerals are also found in dates, such as calcium, potassium, manganese and magnesium. Prevention Magazine suggests eating dates straight from the bag, adding them to salads or smoothies, or chopping them and eating with oatmeal.

But, a 1 cup of serving of dates contains about 415 calories and nearly 95 g sugar, as well as 110 g carbohydrates.

Dates have a low GI. Depending on the type their GI ranges from 35-50 with an average of 42. The average glycemic load of dates is 18. This is not a bad GL, it does fall within the mid-range.

Dates contain 3 types of sugar (Fructose, glucose and sucrose) that are capable of giving an extra burst of energy on those lethargic days.

Dates are also cholesterol and fat free and contain a good amount of dietary fiber.

A 2010 study at King Saud University in Riyadh concluded that, “The hypoglycemic effect of date seed extract combined with insulin, decreases the blood glucose level significantly toward normal when compared to the effect of insulin administered as a single drug for treatment of diabetes.”

This study shows the date can be valuable in lowering blood sugars in conjunction with diabetes meds.

One problem with diabetes is neuropathy. You know what I mean, tingling or numbness in your feet? It is caused by nerve damage due to diabetes.

A 2011 study at the Neuroscience Research Center, Kerman Medical University found that a compound found in dates may be considered as a potential preventative approach for peripheral diabetic neuropathy.

So are dates good for diabetes? I must admit I almost said no to this one. But the more I researched, the more I learned that this is an excellent choice to add to your diabetic diet. I would suggest them as a snack. Use them as an energy boost or just a snack when watching TV.

I hope this answered your question are dates good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book.

Let me know if you have any other diabetes related questions.


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  1. Don't forget to get my diabetes diet and management guide here https://goo.gl/oh0MdT I have shared tons of stuff there!

  2. I think it' will be more choice that my son can eat and good meal. Thank you.

  3. Were we could buy gates fruits

  4. I am pre diabetic can i have 2 dates per day thanx

  5. difficult to understand, and it is better to add subtitles.

  6. Are you from Mississippi? You sound like a good ol southern boy! No hate, I'm from the 'sipp ❤

  7. Thanks a lit for the advice. Am going to try home remedies

  8. Thanks for Sharing this Information…I knew Dates are loaded with many Health Benefits…but I had my doubts it's effects on Diabetes…I really appropriate your clearification!!!😍🤗

  9. Diet plan is enough.tablet is need or not pls share

  10. the American Diabetes Association is full of shit if you follow their diet you are sugar levels will always be high trust me I'm a diabetic and I used to follow their menu and I could never bring my sugar down so if you listen to this dumbass your sugar will always be high so go ahead eat the dates if your a diabetic

  11. can you tell me if pomegranate juice good for diabetes

  12. pronouncation is absolutely baddd

  13. so can i eat one or two a day please answer

  14. what's the lowest GI dates? which one please?

  15. Hello
    Is full cream powered milk good for type 2 diabetes ?

    thank you

  16. Grt hand u for diabetic dos n donuts. Very useful tips. Thanks

  17. You mean less than 4,000 BC surely??

  18. Whats a good meal plan for a type 2 diabetic ?

  19. which other fruit is good to have for breakfast for diabeties

  20. One large Medjool date contains about 65 calories!! Can you imagine "snacking" on five or six of them'll get you almost 400 calories!! Yikes!

    But they're so gooooooood! And since they're good for you… How can one resist?

  21. I was so worried about my diabetes but not anymore have me hope now and will share all remedies with friends and family

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