I'm a huge fan of dates and use them in raw foods desserts and nut/fruit bars frequently. I also will have one or two instead of candy when I'm craving sweets. But that is a suspiciously long list that makes me wonder about the extent of research done with dates in those areas. And they DO have sugar. They're so sweet its hard for me to imagine eating 14 a day!!
@KJLavender@xanga - I'm glad that you're a fan of them. However, citation is not needed, since this is the internet and the purpose behind me sharing this post was to invoke people's interest in them. Don't get me wrong: it is my duty to share real information; it's just that it is the reader's job to do their own research after having them be interested in consuming said fruit.
It is a well-known fact that the body is an organism in which everything has its place; its reason for existence. A lack in some nutrient does have its consequences, and those consequences lead to others like the ripple effect. Hence why leveling one's PH can solve so many issues, etc. Anyway, most of the research done for this post was in another language, but you can find plenty of English sites mentioning the same benefits. For this post, I had to read several sites, and dismiss the repetitive information and then do a bit of my own ( ex. when learned that it levels one's PH levels, I had to see what that actually meant; what does happen when it's not normal-- which turned-out to be plenty, to say the least.) Here are a few to get you started, if you're interested: 1, 2 , 3, 4. Also, what I haven't mentioned in the post is that a person can live healthfully just by consuming dates and having milk on the side. Yes. As for having it hard to imagine anyone eating 14 a day, well, there are just so many variables here but basically, it's subjective. Finally, as I've said in the post, those are just some of the benefits; not all. And remember, when people are suspicious of something it's more than likely because they're uneducated/new about/to it.
I LOVE dates. They look weird, but I crave them sometimes. I don't like the pitted ones though (aka the cheap Dole/Del Monte ones). They don't taste as fresh. The seed isn't that hard to get out. The good ones are so freaking expensive though! If it weren't for that I'd eat way more.