Most of Muslim people often break their fast during Ramadan with sweet foods, such as dates, before eating the main meal that may be heavy, fat-rich, and high in carbohydrates.
Thus, dates are one of the essential things that must be found in a Muslim household during the fasting period.
According to Nutritionists and scientists, the sugar in this dried fruit keeps our energy levels high, and its high fiber content also makes us feel full for a longer time, which is why it is commonly eaten during both iftar and suhoor.
In fact, eating dates is part and parcel of the Arabian culture and tradition and plays a more vital role during the holy month.
In addition to this, Muslims actually cherish the date because of its associations with the Prophet of Islam Muhammad’s traditions.
In this regard, the tradition of eating dates is rooted in religious teachings of the Prophet of Islam, who emphasized: “When one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates; but if he cannot get any, then he should break his fast with water, for water is purity.”
It’s noteworthy that dates are not only associated with Sunni books, but the fruit is also mentioned more than 20 times in the holy Quran book.
According to the recommendations by the Prophet of Islam, there are numerous benefits attached to it.
In the same vein, Muslim scholars and scientists pointed out that eating dates when breaking your fast has certain health benefits which we are going to be listed below:
First Fact: Eating dates when breaking your fast helps your hunger and prevents you from excessive eating which could cause digestion disorders.
Second Fact: The consumption of dates activates the secretion of digestive juices and secretion which prepares the stomach for the reception of heavy food after long fasting.
Third Fact: This dried fruit can be digested easily, so it does not annoy the stomach of a fasting person.