Dates probably are one of the sweetest things on the planet. This thick fruit brimming with sugars can only send me drooling. To state the fact, I love dates. I even have had the experience of having dates with a dose of honey. I know that sounds ridiculously weird, but hey, you should try it once! Or wait. Before trying out dates, maybe you should read this article. Do dates, which are considered one of the healthiest foods, have side effects? I wondered. And I got the answer. Yes. They do.
Let us have a look at the serious side effects of dates:
1. Your Blood Sugar Levels Will Go ‘Up, Up And Above’!
I guess this is pretty obvious. Given the high levels of sugar these fruits contain, one has to limit their consumption in order to escape from high blood sugar. But then, not all types of dates are harmful. It is dry dates that have a high glycemic index of 103. (1) This is higher than that of glucose.
2. May Not Be The Right Food For Weight Loss:
Though dates are rich in fibre content and fibre aids weight loss, there are a couple of factors which make dates not the ideal food for weight loss:
Energy Density Any food that is low in energy density (calories per gram) plays a good role in helping you lose weight without giving you too many calories. But the scenario is different in case of dates or other dry fruits. (2) Dates have around 2.8 calories per gram, which is almost double to that of low energy density foods which have only 1.5 calories per gram.
More Calories If you want to stick to a strict weight loss routine, then a large amount of dates cannot be a part of it. Dates are also high in calories when compared to most other fruits.
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3. Stomach Pain:
There are two factors which make dates notorious for stomach aches:
High Fibre Content – Fibre is known for its unmatchable ability to prevent heart ailments and type 2 diabetes. (3) Fibres are nothing but plant based carbohydrates that do not digest in the body. These undigested carbohydrates help in maintaining smooth bowel movements. When you take too much of fibre, it overwhelms the bacteria in your intestines and leads to stomach ache.
Body’s Sensitivity To Sulfite – Sulphite is a chemical compound added to dates to maintain their texture and shine. Sulphite also prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, thereby increasing the shelf life of the fruit. In case you are sensitive to sulphite, then that might lead to certain complications like bloating, stomach ache and diarrhoea.
4. Stomach Gas:
Foods with high fructose content should be blamed for stomach gas. (4) And dates are well known for their high fructose content.
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6. Might Be The Cause Of Allergies In Some People:
Fermented foods have the tendency to cause allergies in some people due to the presence of histamine in them. Dry fruits such as dates are rich in histamine. (7) Salicylates, a type of chemicals usually found in all plants might also induce allergy-like symptoms in some people. Dates contain good amount of salicylates. (8)
7. Tooth Decay:
Now that is scary, isn’t it? I don’t think you can imagine yourself smiling at a camera with not-so-good-looking teeth. Precisely that is what might happen if you take too many dates more often. For dental health, the ‘quality and quantity’ of sugary foods is not that much of a concern when compared to the frequency in which you consume such foods. (9) Hence beware of this serious side effect of dates.
[ Read: Benefits Of Dates For Health ]
8. Are Unhealthy For Infants:
For babies, dates are incredibly thick and hard to digest. When their teeth and intestines are still not strong enough to digest foods like dates, keeping them away from the fruit is the best you can do. Dates also carry the prospect of choking a baby’s windpipe. (10)
Dates are sweet, tasty and uncontrollably tempting. No doubt about that. But when over consumption of them poses some adverse effects, we need to limit their intake, Isn’t it?
Hope you liked this article highlighting the side effects of eating dates! Do share it with us if you know any other side effects of dates.
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