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Dates and Candida: Is It Okay To Eat Dates?

August 23, 2019


Greetings! Eric Bakker, from New Zealand. Now, here’s a very interesting question, well
not a question, it’s a comment from a subscriber called Jordan Snyder. And Jordan is saying, “I’ve tried to find
your opinions on dates. I have a mended gut, not totally devoid of
IBS, but I’ve eaten 6 lbs of dates over the last two months and all I’ve experienced is
fantastic things. Can you do a video on your thoughts, clinical
experiences on dates? Big love from Jordan.” Well, Jordan, thanks so much for the comment. Dates are fine to eat if you’ve got a healthy
digestive system like me. But one thing I want you to bear in mind with
dates, they can contain up to 60% sugar. So, dates are one of the highest sugar-containing
of all dried fruits. Dried fruit’s a generally big no-no with any
kind of digestive problem, and we’re talking raisins, sultanas, dates, figs, all those
kinds of foods. When your digestion improves, and it improves
a lot, there’s no reason why you can’t add a small amount of dried fruit here or there. Figs and dates are probably the better ones
to eat because of their very powerful nutritional content. I tend to be more cautious with sultanas and
raisins and currants though, but yeah. No, that’s fine. I mean, if you are feeling perfectly okay
eating 6 lbs of dates, I don’t know whether it’s a day or a week or a month, but I’m quite
happy with that if your bowel motions are fine, your digestion appears to be okay, you’re
not really having a lot of symptoms provoked by the dates, then I can’t see why dates really
would be a problem. So, my thoughts on it: if you do okay on something,
you can consume it okay in moderation but you need to be careful on the quantities you
eat, because it sounds like a lot of dates that you’re eating. When I was traveling in outback Australia
and they grow date palms there in the Northern Territory, I tried fresh dates and they were
fantastic to eat. Dried dates from the supermarket that have
been sitting on a shelf for six months are probably crap, so there’s a big difference
in variance in fruits and dried fruits as well; fresh as opposed to something that’s
sat on a shelf for a long time. So, it depends on the quality. Depends on the quantity you eat. And it also depends on the state of your digestive
system when you’re eating that particular food. I want you to remember one thing: there are
no rules. You make the rules as you go along for yourself,
just be careful of what people say. But obviously, if the food disagrees with
your digestive system and you get a lot of bloating and gas when you eat the dates, you
should avoid them until you feel a lot better. And for those folks who want to introduce
dates into their diet, I would say wait until you’ve got good bowel motions, until you’re
functioning reasonably well. If a stool test has revealed Candida or parasites
or bad bacteria, you want to avoid dates at all costs because you’ll only feed those guys
up. So, that’s my take on it. Thanks for the question!

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