Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Dates

Shared by Dr. Tanner Tunsky

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Dates

Almost everybody has a sweet tooth, but having a sweet tooth almost always leads to poor decisions when you reach for something to fill that craving. As Chiropractors, near Lakewood in East Dallas, our mission is getting your neck and back pain resolved and nutrition that helps lower inflammation plays a big part in resolving that pain. Healthy alternatives that actually taste good aren’t always easy to find, but there’s one food in particular that can not only help curb that sweet craving, but also contains a plethora of benefits like antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties. That anti-inflammatory food is the date, and when combined with some natural peanut butter, cacao powder, and coconut oil, can help anybody with a sweet tooth not only satisfy their craving, but also provide their bodies with plenty of beneficial nutrients.

“Earlier studies have shown that constituents of dates act as potent antioxidant, anti-tumor as well as anti-inflammatory, and provide a suitable alternative therapy in various disease cures.”

“Dates fruits in the control of disease create optimism towards the novel therapeutic strategy.”

Ingredients
  • 20 Medjool Dates
  • ⅓ cup of peanut butter (natural)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup of cacao powder
  • Sea salt flakes
Instructions

Line a large baking tray with parchment paper (to ensure dates don’t stick).

Slice open each date and remove pit. Place on tray.

Spoon just under 1 teaspoon of peanut butter into the middle of each.

To make chocolate, add coconut oil to a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds until melted, or melt in a double-boiler. Stir cacao powder into oil until completely mixed.

(If using pre-made chocolate, break into pieces and microwave for 30 seconds until melted.)

Allow chocolate to cool slightly and drizzle over dates (or dip dates in chocolate if you’re feeling adventurous!). Optionally sprinkle with sea salt.

Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened (about 20 minutes).

Resources

Rahmani, A. H., Aly, S. M., Ali, H., Babiker, A. Y., Srikar, S., & Khan, A. A. (2014). Therapeutic effects of date fruits (Phoenix dactylifera) in the prevention of diseases via modulation of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-tumour activity. International journal of clinical and experimental medicine, 7(3), 483–491.

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