Canada’s only organic ketchup that is sweetened exclusively with dates.
75% less sugar than the well known brand (1g per serving).
- 1g of sugar per serving
- whole 30, paleo and Vegan
Wonder why we sweeten with dates?
Dates is the most natural substitute for sugar. It’s a whole fruit, it hasn’t gone through any chemical processes to extract the sweetness. It is whole, just the way nature intended it to be.
Dates are the fruit of palm trees. The date fruit is one of the sweetest fruits around. It comes in many different varieties ranging from Medjool (a rich-tasting desert delight) to acai (a tropical palm fruit), but most of the dates we see in the healthfood stores are typically desert types.
Apart from their delicious sweet flavor, they are one of richest source of healthy fiber, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Massive health benefits of dates, proved by recent scientific studies, makes them one of the best ingredients you should consider incorporating into your daily diet.
Nutritional Value of Dates
Dates are a great source of dietary fiber (1/4 cup provides 12% of the daily value for fiber). Dates are also one of the best natural sources of potassium and provide 8% of your daily potassium recommendation and 6% of your daily manganese recommendation in a ¼ cup. Eating dates will enrich your body with minerals like phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Date also is a rich source of a variety of B-complex vitamins – thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and pantothenic acid as well as folic acid, vitamins A and K. It should also be noted that dates have a high sugar content and even if your sugar is coming from a fruit source, you should be careful not to overdo it. The following nutritional data outlines some of the key nutrients found in dates, and is based on a 100g serving of the fruit:
- Fiber – 6.7 grams. 27% RDA.
- Potassium – 696 milligrams. 20% RDA.
- Copper – 0.4 milligrams. 18% RDA.
- Manganese – 0.3 milligrams. 15% RDA.
- Magnesium – 54 milligrams. 14% RDA.
- Vitamin B6 – 0.2 milligrams. 12% RDA.
Check out the USDA Nutrient Database for a full nutritional profile of dates.
Antioxidant Quality of Dates:
Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), dates are higher in total polyphenols than any of the most commonly consumed fruits and vegetable. The reson for this is due a harsh desert environment (where dates are grown), which causes polyphenols to provide protection from oxidative stress to the palm’s fruit (Fruits and Veggies More Matter).
Want to read more on many health benefits of dates? Check out our blog on 15 reasons you should be eating dates.