Are Dates Fattening?

While Dates are a yummy treat, they’re not going to replace a chicken breast or a big thick steak as the major protein source around which a traditional western-style dinner is based. Dates have a high fructose content.
Fructose is fruit sugar, and it’s a particularly bad sugar from the weight gain perspective. They also contain a fairly high quantity of dietary fibre and some vitamins survive the drying process. Dates are bulky compared to candy and they have a range of carbohydrate-sugar in them, meaning they’re going to have a lower glycemic index than most of the products they replace. Are dates fattening? Well, eaten as a staple diet, yes. But eaten as an alternative to doughnuts? They’re a good choice for weight control.

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