Which is the Natural Antioxidant Snack for the Winters?

Winters are the time to eat fresh dates, because dates are harvested by farmers in the fall and early winters so we get to eat the freshest dates in the winters.

And why do I consider dates, a natural antioxidant snack for the winters

The Reasons – Colds, flus and other respiratory illnesses are more common in colder months; dates are a rich source of polyphenols, polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods, these micronutrients are packed with antioxidants and have potential health benefits. Dates contain more polyphenols than most other fruits and vegetables.

Three most potent antioxidants in dates –

Flavonoids: Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation and have been studied for their potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer

Carotenoids: Carotenoids are proven to promote heart health and may also reduce the risk of eye-related disorders, such as macular degeneration

Phenolic acid: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, phenolic acid may help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease 

With the common cold, symptoms are not caused by the virus — they are instead a “side effect” of the inflammatory response that is triggered as part of the body’s effort to fight infection. The greater the body’s inflammatory response to the virus, the greater is the likelihood of experiencing the symptoms of a cold.

(Online Source of Information: MedicalNewsToday, healthline, ScienceDaily)

In my opinion, especially during the winters, consuming 3-4 fresh dates in the morning before breakfast for an adult and limiting the number of dates for upto 3 for children above 8 years of age would be appropriate.

Why do I consider dates a snack?

Because, dates are fruits which are like sugary candies to be popped in the mouth.

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