Date sugar , date paste and date syrup contain more antioxidants than mango, kiwi, strawberry, orange or banana. Antioxidants protect us against aging and diseases of affluence such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They also fight inflammation.
Refined sugars contain no antioxidants and, on top of that, rob us of vitamins and minerals. They empty our bodies. Date products do the opposite. They fortify our body with antioxidants and replenish our supply of minerals and vitamins.
Antioxidants dates in food can be expressed in ORAC value or FRAP value
There are several parameters to express the antioxidant value in food. The ORAC method and FRAP method are 2 of them.
The principle of the ORAC method
This method measures the degradation of fluorescein induced by the thermal decomposition (37 °C) of AAPH into two free radicals. The presence of antioxidants in the steel slows down its degradation. The reaction has been standardized based on known concentrations of Trolox known for its antioxidant activity.
The principle of the FRAP method
The antioxidants are determined by colorimetry. The ferric-tripyridyltriazine complex is reduced to the form ferrous-tripyridyltriazine in the presence of antioxidants; the complex loses its yellow color to a dark blue. This coloration measured at 595 nm is proportional to the concentration of antioxidants present in the samples. The method is standardized with regard to Trolox.
The ORAC and FRAP value of date products is mega
The ORAC values of date products are estimated at 18 900 to 24 300 (µmol TE/100g). If you then know that food with an ORAC value of 3000 to 5000 is already considered healthy, then you are in the right place with date products. The FRAP value of date products is estimated between 329 and 522 per 100 grams.
If you are going to compare this to the ORAC value or FRAP value of refined sugar, white or brown is 0. Date sugar, date paste and date syrup are therefore a much, much healthier alternative to refined sugar.
Polyphenols in food as antioxidants
Meanwhile, we also know that polyphenols in food are super cool as antioxidants. Oxidants make us age and antioxidants help prevent aging and disease. Foods high in antioxidants and polyphenols are believed to be good for the mind and body.
Dates are a good source of polyphenols
The polyphenols in date sugar, paste or syrup range from 33 to 507 (gae mg/100g).
Depending on the harvest and variety of the dates. Polyphenols are natural substances in plants that act as strong antioxidants . For comparison, the polyphenols in refined sugars, white or brown, is 0.