Last Updated on December 9, 2019
When it comes to specific foods, my rule is that no rule fits everyone. You need to decide for yourself whether a food is right for you, given the state of your gut. Dates are a great example of how what is healthy for one person may not be healthy for someone else.
Dried dates are fine to eat if you have a healthy digestive system. If you do eat dates and are noticing no ill-effects, then it is fine to continue to include them in your diet. However, keep in mind that dried dates are up to 60% sugar, so it is best to consume them in moderation.
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For those of you who have digestive problems, dried fruits are generally considered a big no-no. That recommendation holds for Sultanas, dried currents, raisin, dried fits, dates, and other dried fruits. If your digestion improves substantially, there is no reason why you can’t add a small amount of dried fruit here or there. I wouldn’t recommend adding this food to your diet until your bowel movements are healthy, and your digestion is working well. If a stool test has revealed Candida, parasites, or bad bacteria, you want to avoid dates at all costs because the high sugar level will encourage the growth of these harmful microorganisms.
Another thing to consider before regularly eating dried fruit is the quality of the product. I have had fresh dates, and they were terrific. However, the quality of dates that have been sitting on the supermarket shelf for a long time is probably not very high.
To summarize, deciding whether to include any particular food in your diet means considering the state of your digestive system, the quality of the food, and the quantity you intend to ingest.