Date palms make for a stellar addition to your winter diet. Here’s why

Updated on:10 January 2020, 14:01pm IST
Ohhhh huzoooooor…please start eating khajoooooor. Make date palms a part of your daily diet and shine bright through winters.
Sonakshi Kohli
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Khajoor is replete with health-benefiting properties. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Winter is here. And so are the date palms to save you from the night that’s dark and full of terrors of the chilly weather. Yes, we’re totally using Game of Throne’s popularity to get to you here.

But, that doesn’t take away from the fact that eating date palms during winters can be the best decision you’ve made for your health in the longest time. Here’s why.

They can give your bones some much-needed love
The chilly winter months mean a temporary break-up with the sun and its light that gives you vitamin D. This simply means your bones could be at risk of becoming weaker.

But fret not. With the sun on a vacation, date palms can give you the required dose of bone-friendly minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and potassium, thereby, protecting you from bone-related problems such as osteoporosis, according to a study, published in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.

They can be a blessing for your winter-dry skin
While you might love the cold weather for letting your make-up stay in place, you might even hate it for making your skin dry, flaky, and patchy due to the lack of moisture in the air during the colder months.

Enter: date palms to the rescue. Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C and D, these can work wonders for providing some much-needed moisture from within to your precious skin and make you glow bright as a diamond.

Also read: This quick guide to winter skincare for oily skin will make you soft and supple

date palms for winters
Say bye-bye to that flaky and dry skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

They can help you stay in shape in winters
You know how the chill nudges your sweet tooth and makes you crave for winter-friendly, warm desserts like gajar ka halwa, moong dal halwa, hot kheer and what not!

Now imagine how giving in to those cravings can up your calories and well, intake of refined sugar too.

So, how about using date palms to add sweetness to them instead of sugar?

Secondly, dates are packed with fibre. Which means, eating dates will keep you satiated for a long time, automatically preventing cravings in the first place. Hence, the probability of giving in to temptation after eating dates will obviously lessen. No extra calories, no refined sugar, win, win, we say.

Beat last night’s heat with dates
Winter season is also the party season, which means more boozing and unfortunately, intense battles with terrible hangovers too.

Although, if you eat two to three soaked date palms on that terrible, terrible morning after, it can help cure your hangover too. What more do you want from life?

They can keep you happy in the gloomy winter months
When the nights are long and the days become short, it can make life a bit gloomy, don’t you think? The result? A dull, low mood, anxiety, and restlessness!

Also read: Are you susceptible to seasonal affective disorder? Read on to know more

However, date palms can help you fight these negative feelings off because apart from the mood-uplifting sugars, date palms can also curb anxiety and boost your mental health, according to a study, published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.

So, without further ado, make date palms your BFF this winter season and make the most of this wonder delight.

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Sonakshi Kohli Sonakshi Kohli

Twenty kilos down and struggling to maintain the weight loss by preaching healthy eating, while eating unhealthy every now and then.