The World’s #1 Superfood for High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Heart Attack
This superfood has a strong flavor that some love, while others need to put in a smoothie to choke down. The reason people are eating more and more of these today is because they are virtually the best food for hypertension, cholesterol, heart attack, and stroke.
This fruit is roughly 70 percent sugar content in the form of fructose and has about 60-70 calories per date. However, there is a special kind of date that has only 20 calories. These dates are known as Deglet Noor dates and are rich in potassium and fiber.
And it’s the fiber and B vitamins that make this superfood really good for your heart.
Dates are one of the rare foods that have beta-glucan, which is a unique kind of soluble fiber that’s especially good at reducing high cholesterol.
Elevated blood pressure is considered to be the leading risk factor for death in the world according to the World Health Organization. Dates help lower blood pressure. Harvard also suggests that you eat more nuts, fish, and beans and less steak.
Finally, dates are good for your brain. Their B6 vitamin content can improve mental aptitude and produce higher test scores according to JAMA Internal Medicine.
What I love about dates is that they can replace the sugar requirement in most recipes (like the one below) and not only taste great but offer a much healthier version of that recipe.
No-Bake Vegan Brownie Recipe with Dates
- 2 cups organic dates, pitted (if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain)
- 1 cup organic walnuts
- 1 cup organic almonds
- 3/4 cup organic cacao powder
- 2 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon raw organic honey (optional)
- Place the walnuts and almonds in food processor and go to town until finely ground up.
- Add the cacao powder and sea salt. Use the pulse mode to mix well with other ingredients. Put this in a bowel for later.
- Now it’s time for the dates to go in the food processor. Put this in a bowel for later.
- Put the ground nuts and cocoa mixture back into food processor. As this is mixing slowly start adding the date pieces.
- We carefully observe and look for a doughy consistency and then stop adding the dates. In other words, we don’t necessarily add all of the dates.
- Place the dough in a small parchment-lined dish and add the cacao nibs to the top. Now flatten the brownies.
- Remove brownies by using the parchment paper and slightly squeeze in the sides with your hands to create a more compact square so that they are denser. Thicker brownies are the bee’s knees!
- Place brownies back on a dish or plate and store in the refrigerator for 15 minutes so that it’s easier to cut into squares.
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