Diabetes Diet

The benefits and harm of dates for the body of a diabetic

It is very difficult to find a person who would not like the sweet taste, but the glycemic index of dates is huge and, therefore, their use in food is banned for some categories of people. Basically, in sweet it is necessary to be limited to diabetics and people with overweight. In fact, it is also important for a healthy person to monitor the prevention of hyperglycemia and obesity and not to eat sweetly out of control. What kind of product it is and whether it is possible to eat dates in case of diabetes mellitus type 2 or not will be discussed in detail below.


Dates are an oriental sweet made by drying the fruits of palm trees growing in the Middle East. Despite the fact that these dried fruits in the list of sources of fast carbohydrates occupy the first place, it is not forbidden to eat dates with high blood sugar. On the contrary, the valuable composition contributes to the restoration of the body of diabetics from the effects of the disease and is represented by the following elements:

  • vitamins A, B, C;
  • amino acids;
  • pectin;
  • riboflavin;
  • niacin;
  • cellulose;
  • beta carotene;
  • pantothenic acid;
  • a nicotinic acid;
  • folic acid;
  • micro- and macronutrients (iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium).
The information is based on the content in 100 grams of the product.

It used to be thought that dates and diabetes mellitus type 2 are completely incompatible concepts and that dried fruit is forbidden for use with hyperglycemia.

However, long-term studies of the properties of the product led scientists to believe that its use is irreplaceable and a small amount of the product will not harm, but on the contrary, will enrich the body with valuable components.


A high level of utility for the body is due to the absence of cholesterol in the composition of dried fruit. However, the sugar content in dried dates is high, and excessive consumption of these dried fruits will have a significant effect on glucose levels. They contribute to the restoration of organs and their normal functioning:

  • increase efficiency, provide a large amount of energy needed for physical and mental activity;
  • normalize the activity of the intestines, are an effective remedy for constipation and prevent the development of oncological diseases;
  • they break down low-density lipoproteins, remove decomposition products from the body;
  • improve blood flow, return the tone of the vessels, strengthen their walls;
  • contribute to increased immunity;
  • reduce the risk of anemia;
  • positively affect the organs of vision, prevent and treat ophthalmic diseases;
  • promote mood elevation, eliminate seasonal apathy.

This product should not be used on a general basis and on the first wish of a diabetic.

Its permissible daily dose is limited to one, maximum to two, pieces per day, and it is desirable to exclude daily consumption.

Not everyone knows whether dates increase blood sugar. Of course, increase, and with systematic abuse can bring it to the extreme mark - cause the transition of the pre-diabetes state to diabetes.


Endocrinologists and immunologists are advised not to exclude the product from their diet completely. Although in small quantities, doctors allowed the use of these dried fruits. However, the daily total calorie of all food eaten should be adjusted by the number of calories derived from dates. Since the product is high-calorie, dates for diabetics can be fraught with weight gain and aggravation of the disease.

There are a number of contraindications, in the presence of which it is important to completely remove dates from the list of allowed products:

  • the course of diabetes in severe form (this applies to type 1 diabetes, as well as cases where type 2 diabetes is complicated by concomitant diseases);
  • the age of the diabetic (after 55 years, the enzymatic activity of the stomach is not able to cope with everything that enters the digestive tract, and against the background of diabetes, the situation is more pronounced and much earlier than in a healthy person);
  • individual intolerance (the presence of allergy to the product involves its exclusion from the diet in order to avoid uncontrolled reactions);
  • associated diseases (eating dates with diabetes mellitus complicated by diseases of the digestive tract is not recommended in order to prevent exacerbations).


When choosing dried fruits, one should also be extremely careful not to get harmful substances and toxins to a high level of sugar and calories. Dates do not grow in our latitudes, so their presence on the shelves in the temperate climate zone means that their entry into the stores was associated with long-term transportation and storage.

Dried fruits with broken skin should not be bought, because through cracks in the body of the fruit, it could get an infection or disease-causing organisms that, when ingested, can cause various diseases.

In addition, when using the correct technology of making dried fruit - in the sun - the skin does not burst, it happens when processing with sulfur, which is detrimental even for a healthy body, and harm to diabetic is immeasurable.

White dates should not be bought either. It is crystallized sugar, which was formed during the process of incorrect storage or transportation. Quality dried fruit should be translucent with a matte skin, the integrity of which is not broken.

Too shiny surface of the peel indicates the use of paraffin oil, which is unacceptable in relation to this fruit. Unscrupulous sellers, who care only about the appearance of the product to the detriment of its quality, resort to such methods.

Considered the benefits and harm of dates for the body in diabetes allow us to conclude that their use in food is undesirable and should be situational. Of course, dried fruits contain valuable substances necessary for the normal functioning of the body, but the damage they can cause is much higher. That is why it is recommended to fill the body's needs for these vitamins by eating other, less dangerous food.

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