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Ghee-soaked dates : Your daily essential

Ayurvedic home remedy: How, when and why to eat ghee-soaked dates for sustained energy, better vitamin absorption and to satisfy both sweet and savoury cravings.

The goodness of dates and ghee is legendary. With the natural sugar shot of desert fruit used for breaking fasts, and commonly doubling up as iron shots for those with anemia; and the healthy fat of the ghee lending you the glowing complexion and lubricating the body’s digestive processes: the magic mix in ghee-soaked dates is a potent winner. Make use of the ancient Ayurvedic goodness of the power couple, every day, for better health and immunity.

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Says Riya Desai, Senior Dietitian, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road, “Dates and ghee make for a great combination due to their complementary nutritional values and flavour profiles. Dates, with their natural sweetness and rich source of energy, pair perfectly with the nutty richness of ghee. Ghee also aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins present in dates, such as vitamins A and E. Ghee-soaked dates then provide a balanced source of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and essential nutrients, making it an ideal energy-boosting snack.”

How does it work? “The natural sugars in dates are slowly released into the bloodstream when consumed with ghee, preventing sudden spikes in blood sugar levels. The synergy between the two ingredients doubles the benefits through a delicious synergy that takes care of both sweet and savoury cravings,” she explains.

Ayurvedic home remedy: How, when and why to eat ghee-soaked dates for sustained energy, better vitamin absorption and to satisfy both sweet and savoury cravings.

As the fats in ghee can help slow down the absorption of sugars from dates, dates in ghee become a source of sustained energy. Traditionally, this intake brings in ‘ojas’ – “the deepest, strongest essence of vitality and immunity,” says Madhavi Avate, functional nutritionist, fertility expert and lactation counsellor. Strong Ojas is characterised by robust immunity, restful sleep, and sound health.

“Ojas, revitalizes the deep tissue of body. This is the most powerful combination as it boosts your immune system, aids digestion, promotes heart health, regulates hormones, and provides energy. Fibre in dates provides rapid spikes in blood sugar level, while healthy fats in ghee bring in the balancing effect and promote stable energy release,” she explains.

Shilpi Madan for MoneyControl.com

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