When it comes to her fitness philosophy, Kriti Sanon likes to keep it as balanced as she can. “Being fit to me means being healthy, having a good immune system, having a good balance in your body, and having good stamina and strength," she shared in an interview with Vogue India. Eating a clean but balanced diet is a large part of maintaining that discipline. “It’s important to watch what you eat, when you eat, and the gap between your meals. Have smaller portions every two hours,” she shared. “I love having oats chia pudding with berries and I always have a box of nuts in my car or in my bag for when you’re very hungry in between meetings,” shared Sanon, who likes to keep healthy snacks on hand. “I sometimes like having dates too, it gives you instant energy,” she confirmed.
Whether you eat it as is, or add it to your granola, smoothie or sweet treats, dates contain several vitamins and minerals, in addition to fibre and antioxidants, making them a nutritional powerhouse that can give you quick energy, making them a great pre-workout option, particularly if you're tired and need a pick-me-up. Despite their high levels of fructose, dates are considered one of the best alternatives to regular sugar.5 reasons to add dates or khajoor to your diet like Kriti SanonThey're chock-full of antioxidants
Dates have a high antioxidant content, higher than other dried fruit like figs and plums. They are rich in flavonoids, which help reduce inflammation and have the potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and cancer. Carotenoids are known to protect the cells from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that may cause disease.They help to regulate blood sugar
Because they have a low glycemic index, dates are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore insulin levels. Plus, dates contain high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, which control inflammation linked to obesity and weight-related diseases.They're fibre-rich
Since they have a high level of fibre, they make for great gut cleansers. Dates have soluble fibre, which can slow the absorption of sugar. They can also lower blood cholesterol levels in the process. Since dates are a high-fibre food, they keep you full longer, so you're less likely to keep snacking after you're done.They bolster bone health
Minerals and micronutrients like selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium are important for bone development and strength, and this is particularly important for those getting older. Plus, the iron content in dates plays a part in getting oxygen into your bones for faster healing.They improve skin and hair quality
Dates are a beauty food for a reason. While iron improves collagen synthesis as well as blood circulation to the scalp (leading to stronger strands), Vitamins A, C, B1, B2 help promote skin elasticity.Also read:
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