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Dates consumption, especially by Muslims during the month of Ramadan, to break fast, dates back to the times of the Prophet Mohammad. Dates come in large varieties, which can be divided into three families: fresh, semi-dried and dried dates. The majority of dates available in supermarkets and sundry shops in Brunei are of preserved dry ones that are imported from Middle Eastern countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Egypt.
Dates are known for being sweet and nutritious. They contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium. For example, they are known to have 25 per cent more potassium than bananas while being free of fats, sodium, and cholesterol. Dates are also high in fiber, which makes it an ideal natural snack for adults as well as children. Similar to milk, honey and grapes, dates are considered a complete diet and a very important food item.
Delicious and sweet, dates can be taken as it is or stuffed with nuts. It is also a popular ingredient to be used in cooking among the Bruneians. One kilogram of dates contains nearly 3,000 calories that alone are sufficient to supply the minimum daily requirements of an active man for one full day. Research has shown that dates possess its own set of health benefits. Some of the health benefits include as a natural remedy for those suffering from giddiness due to low sugar level in the blood and low blood pressure.
Dates that are sweet can help maintain blood sugar level. Dates are also rich in calcium and if consumed regularly, dates can help strengthen bones and are particularly beneficial to children to prevent rickets.There are many delicacies made out of dates, be it pancakes, chocolates, pudding and dates are used as fillings in countless European and Asian preparations.