The fruit of the date palm: its possible use as the best food for the future?

  title={The fruit of the date palm: its possible use as the best food for the future?},
  author={Walid Al-shahib and Richard J. Marshall},
  journal={International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition},
  pages={247 - 259}
The fruits (dates) of the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) contain a high percentage of carbohydrate (total sugars, 44-88%), fat (0.2-0.5%), 15 salts and minerals, protein (2.3-5.6%), vitamins and a high percentage of dietary fibre (6.4-11.5%). The flesh of dates contains 0.2-0.5% oil, whereas the seed contains 7.7-9.7% oil. The weight of the seed is 5.6-14.2% of the date. The fatty acids occur in both flesh and seed as a range of saturated and unsaturated acids, the seeds containing 14 types… Expand
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