Going down the memory lane, we recall how the celebrated Prophet Mohammed in the Islamic culture once broke his day-long fast with a couple of dates and some water. That’s how it became a significant tradition where Muslims start their Iftar by popping a few dates in their mouths. That’s a little on the religious side of the story. However, science has been kind enough to back up on this age-old ritual with some facts and evidence. Let’s take a look at them.   

  1. They set the way for food intake: You haven’t eaten anything the entire day, so you can’t be gobbling down whatever food you like. Starting with dates helps to secrete the digestive juices that pave the way for food to arrive in your stomach.   

  2. They are loaded with fibre and carbs: If you are worried about feeling too hungry or how this could disrupt your bowel movements, you need not. Dates contain fibre that keeps you fuller for long and helps in digestion too.  

  3. Good for heart health: It's great for your heart and minimizes the risk of a stroke too. It contains magnesium and calcium along with sugar and proteins, which makes it an all-in-one package. 

  4. Dates are a great energy booster: You might feel lethargic all day long due to fasting. Yet, dates have this almost magical effect on you that you feel an instant bout of energy.  


So, the next someone offers you dates and says it's just tradition, you’ll have many more benefits to share with them.