Dates: The Best Fruit For Breaking The Fast During Ramadan
Soon, the month of Ramadan will arrive, which is considered holy by Muslims all over the world. Ramadan is upon us.
This month will be greatly missed because Allah will multiply the reward for our worship and deeds.
When it comes to the holy month of Ramadan, some fruits are frequently served at the dinner table just before breaking the fast. A date is the type of fruit.
For Muslims, breaking the fast by using dates is a sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad.
Anas bin Malik R.A said, "The Messenger of Allah broke his fast by eating some wet dates before the Maghrib prayer. If there are no wet dates, then there are no dry dates. And if there is none, just a few sips of water. " (HR Abu Dawud).
It's not without reason that the Prophet Muhammad advised breaking the fast with dates. According to medical research, a fasting person's body processes sugar stored in the body's cells during the day.
And, by the time the sun sets, our blood sugar levels have dropped below normal. As a result, people who fast occasionally experience dizziness, dizzy eyes, and a lack of energy.
As a result, those who are fasting should eat sweet foods that are quickly processed by the body. As a result, the energy in the body returns to normal in less than an hour. As a result, dates are an excellent choice for breaking the fast.
According to Prophet Muhammad, "Allow one of you to break his fast by eating dates if he is fasting. If no dates are available, use water instead. Because water is a cleanser." (Chair of the Sahih Jami'ush).
So, how many dates did the Prophet Muhammad consume when he broke his fast?
According to the history of the companions, the Prophet Muhammad SAW broke his fast on three dates. Until today, Muslims have followed the Prophet Muhammad's example.
Because following entails resurrecting the sunnah. This means that Muslims follow the Prophet Muhammad's teachings.
What the Prophet Muhammad exemplified and should be followed by all Muslims is unquestionably good for his people until the end of time. Including eating dates with as much as three grains, which is unusual.
Scientists, both Moslem and non-Moslem, who conduct research have proven and answered this. According to research, dates are a fruit with relatively high sugar content.
There are 282 calories and 75 grams of carbohydrates in 100 grams of dates, or about 10 dates.
That is why dates should not be consumed in excess, as dates can cause a buildup of carbohydrates, which in turn can raise triglyceride or fat levels in the blood.
The International Journal of Advanced Biological and Biomedical Research reviews the findings of studies or research that can answer the benefits of eating unusual amounts of dates (IJABBR).
According to its official website, ijabbr.com, there is a Moslem belief that dates should be consumed in odd rather than even quantities. Nobody knows what effect it has on blood glucose levels or other metabolic effects in the body.
On the market, there are various types of dates. Dates prices are determined by type, shape, size, and rarity, according to the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA). The Ajwa Dates are among the most expensive dates on the market. The Prophet Muhammad first planted Ajwa dates near the Quba Mosque in Medina. Since then, this fruit has been known as "Prophet Dates."
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According to Al-Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet said, "Whoever eats seven Ajwa dates in the morning will not be exposed to poison or magic that day." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrate.)
So, what is the nutritional value of Ajwa dates? According to Carb Manager, Ajwa dates are not inferior to other types of dates in terms of nutrition. Fiber, protein, calcium, sugar, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, selenium, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6 are among them.
Benefits of Ajwa Dates
Here are the health benefits of Ajwa dates, according to Bateel, Life in Saudi Arabia, and other related pages:
1. Cardiovascular health
Ajwa dates, when consumed on a regular basis, can help to prevent blood vessel constriction as well as strengthen and improve heart function. The B vitamins found in Ajwa dates help with digestion.
2. Keep your bones and teeth in good shape.
This date is high in phosphorus and calcium, which can help maintain healthy bones and teeth. Ajwa dates are well-known for their ability to help the body overcome calcium deficiency. Furthermore, the majority of the minerals found in dates help to strengthen bones and protect against a variety of diseases.
3. It has no effect on blood sugar
Ajwa dates contain a lot of natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose, which can give you a lot of energy. Furthermore, because this fruit has a low glycemic index, it does not cause a significant rise in blood sugar.
4. Boost the immune system
Dates with a sweet-sour taste are high in antioxidants. Selenium and other nutrients found in Ajwa dates can help prevent cancer. Consuming Ajwa dates on a regular basis in the appropriate amount can help improve the function of the immune system as well as ward off various infections.
5. Beneficial to pregnant women
Pregnant women reap the benefits of Ajwa dates as well. During pregnancy, eating dates with soft and wrinkled skin can activate the uterine muscles and help the uterus move during childbirth. Furthermore, these dates can help to reduce pain during childbirth and reduce postpartum bleeding.
According to one study, eating six dates per day beginning at 36 weeks of pregnancy can lead to easier labor, lower induction rates, and a healthier cervix.
6. Prevent atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a disease caused by the buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the walls of the arteries, obstructing blood flow. If the plaque clumps rupture, they cause an acute occlusion of the artery.
Regular consumption of Ajwa dates can help prevent atherosclerosis, which is a risk factor for other dangerous diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
7. Kidneys in good condition
Consuming Ajwa dates on a regular basis can help regulate blood pressure and help the kidneys function properly.
8. Defend against stomach cancer
According to recent medical survey results, eating dates on a regular basis can help prevent stomach cancer.
9. Aids in the digestive process
Ajwa dates contain nutrients that can help you feel full. Furthermore, these dates are thought to be effective in aiding digestion.
10. Keep your eyes healthy
Dates, as prescribed by the Prophet, can also help maintain eye health and reduce the risk of developing diseases such as night blindness.
11. Accelerate pregnancy
Married couples can use the energy found in Ajwa dates to aid or hasten pregnancy. Furthermore, these dates can boost libido.
12. It reduces inflammation
Inflammation can impair the body's ability to fight bacterial infections, viruses, allergens, and toxic chemicals. Ajwa dates are nutritious fruits with anti-inflammatory properties.
13. nourishing breast milk
Ajwa dates, in addition to being beneficial to pregnant women, can help nursing mothers improve the nutrition in their breast milk. Babies who breastfeed from mothers who regularly consume Ajwa dates are said to have a lower risk of developing diseases and other infections.
14. Prevent anemia
Ajwa dates are high in iron, which aids in the production of red blood cells in the body. As a result, Ajwa dates can be used as an alternative treatment for anemia as a blood-boosting food.
However, Ajwa dates should not be used as the primary treatment. It is still recommended to see a doctor for comprehensive treatment.
Also check out the blog that describes other types of dates for Ramadan, 7 Finest Types of Dates for Ramadan Breakfasts.
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