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Dates: The Sweet-Tooth Alternative

Got a sweet tooth? The holidays are rife with sugary foods that spike your blood sugar, rot your teeth, and land around your middle. Looking for a healthy alternative? Dates are your answer! Dates are sugary, but according to the American Diabetes Foundation, are not as high on the glycemic load and moderate on the glycemic index, meaning they aren't as bad for people with pre-diabetes, and possibly not for diabetics with well-controlled blood sugar, as previously thought. Be careful because just 2 of these sweet treats is 133 calories due to the fruit sugars, but they are fat-free! Dates contain 1 gram of protein.They are loaded with fiber and pack a healthy punch with vitamins and minerals:potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, plus B6, pantothenic acid, and niacin.The high levels of potassium help regulate fluid levels, blood pressure, heart beat, and nerve conduction.Manganese levels help regulate energy metabolism, calcium absorption, blood sugar levels, and nerve function. It is no wonder these are a great super food! I like to put small slices in the skins and roll them in finely chopped almonds. MMMMM! Good! image from Livestrong.com.





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