Medjool dates are often called the king of dates, due to their global availability, and are also the “soft” variety of dates, compared to semi-dry or dry varieties. Dates are usually elongated in shape, up to 7 cm long and 3 cm wide, and often have a wrinkled or dehydrated appearance.
Medjool dates provides energy, and key minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It also contains B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin B6), vitamin K, vitamin A, sodium, and iron.
The B vitamins present in medjool dates, such as niacin, pantothenic acid, and folic acid, are very important for regulating the metabolism, including over 300 different metabolic processes that go on within our body every single day. Copper is also found in high levels within these dates, which can increase iron absorption and contribute to energy generation within the body.
High levels of dietary fiber are always good for people with high cholesterol. While dates are high in calories and are not the best recommendation for someone who is obese, medjool can definitely aid in digestion, control cholesterol levels, and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.