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Date honey, or silan — what makes it so popular?

If you were born somewhere within the Middle East, you probably know everything about this product. It’s a staple of local cuisines that is very versatile and is as irreplaceable as agave syrup for Mexico. One can use it to sweeten baked goods, balance the acidity of sauces and salads, add a note of sweetness to drinks. But it is so much more than just a regular sweetener!

Quick brain food

Silan is a healthy substitute for sugar — it provides an immaculate sweet taste, however, it is full of valuable nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and iron. As its carbohydrates are mostly fructose and glucose it gets into the bloodstream almost immediately and satisfies the sugar needs within seconds. That is why it is a great source of rapid brain fuel for students and anyone else who may need a sugar boost. Those who have to struggle with hypoglycemia from time to time will also appreciate how rapid this thing is in adjusting your blood sugar.

Mighty antioxidants to promote health

Besides the variety of minerals, the dates contain multiple antioxidants. Flavonoids and carotenoids found in dates and date syrup are known to prevent inflammation and to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. These antioxidants also help to reduce the amyloid beta-proteins, which is helpful in preventing degenerative types of brain damage such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Pregnancy and childbirth

The research shows that consuming dates is extremely beneficial for pregnant women, and not only because of their nutrient richness. Those who eat dates require little to no help in natural labor compared to those who don’t eat dates at all. The first phase of labor is also shorter for them which is a great advantage in terms of saving energy. It is not established what compound provides this effect. The silan contains natural date extracts, so even if you are not a fan of dates but still want to add these marvelous substances (the names of which we still have to define) to your diet you can swap your sweetener for silan with similar benefits.

In our globalized world, we can take the best things from different traditional local cuisines and make them a part of our everyday diet. What if silan is a great addition to your Belgian waffles, a Thai stir-fry, or even a fancy cocktail? Now you have enough reasons to find out.

  • Dec 30, 2020
  • Category: Blog
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