Dates (español: dátiles) are an ancient food, mentioned 50 times in the Bible and 20 times in the Qu’aran. They have been a staple food of the Middle East and the Indus Valley for thousands of years. There is archaeological evidence of date cultivation in Arabia from the 6th millennium BCE, and fossil records show that the date palm has existed for at least 50 million years. Although they are high in calories, they are an excellent substitute for the empty calories of refined sugar because of their nutritional benefits. Deglet Noor dates are the most common variety seen in the West, but Medjool dates, which are sweeter and softer, are frequently recommended in recipes. They are more expensive and may be harder to find. They are similar in nutritional content.
Nutrition Facts: 3.5 oz (100 g) of dried pitted dates
calories 277 carbohydrates 75 g copper 18% RDI fiber 7 g iron 5% DV magnesium 14% RDI manganese 15% RDI potassium 20% RDI protein 2 g vitamin B6 12% RDI
A serving of fava beans packs 106% of the daily requirement of folates, important for preventing birth defects.
Fava beans, sometimes called horse beans or broad beans (español: habas) come from a species of flowering plant in the Fabaceae pea and bean family. It is widely cultivated as a crop for human consumption. Eating these beans regularly may have benefits for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, help prevent birth defects, boost immunity, aid weight loss and lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Nutrition Facts: 3.5 oz (100 g) of fava beans
calories 341 calcium 10% DV carbohydrates 58.29 g copper 41% DV fat 1.53 g fiber 25 g folate 106% DV iron 52% DV magnesium 54% DV manganese 77% DV niacin 19% DV phosphorous 60% DV potassium 23% DV protein 26.12 g riboflavin 28% DV selenium 12% DV sodium 1% DV thiamine 48% DV zinc 33% DV vitamin B6 28% DV vitamin C 2% DV vitamin K 9% DV
Cashews pack 67% of the daily copper requirement, needed to form red blood cells.
Cashews (español: marañón) are commonly referred to as nuts, but they are really seeds, native to Brazil but grown in many other warm climates nowadays. They are rich in nutrients and are reported to help with weight loss, blood sugar control, and a healthy heart.
Nutrition Facts: 1 ounce (28 g) of unroasted, unsalted cashews
calories 157 carbohydrates 9 g copper 67% DV fat 12 g fiber 1 g iron 11% DV magnesium 20% DV manganese 20% DV phosphorous 13% DV protein 5 g selenium 10% DV thiamine 10% DV zinc 15% DV vitamin B6 7% DV vitamin K 8% DV
When I switched to plant-based living after a lifetime of meals planned around a main course of meat, I immediately felt positive effects and found it surprisingly easy, even fun, to change my habits and explore new ways of enjoying food. Fruit and Stuff is a collection of some of the many things I have learned since I started the journey.
Even if you are not ready to give up meat, you will benefit from adding more plant foods to your daily meals. I hope you’ll find something useful here.
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