The date is a
laxative food. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation
as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels. They should
be immersed in water at night and taken after making them into a fine
syrup the next morning to secure laxative effect.
With only 24
calories per date, dates are high in dietary fiber, low in fat,
cholesterol, and sodium, and contain three times the potassium that
bananas have. Very few other fruits offer this healthful combination.
Dates have the highest concentration of polyphenols among dried fruits.