Young dates are dates that enter the “old date” phase and are approximately 120 days old. Young dates in Indonesia are usually yellow, red or blonde. If it’s still green, it’s a raw date that hasn’t changed its color to the three colors.
Young dates have a texture similar to apples so they feel “crunchy” when bitten. It tastes a little sweet, fresh but fresh.
While ripe dates (ruthob) are wet dates that are 150 days old. The color is brownish yellow or brownish red. It tastes very sweet and melted when bitten.
Another popular one in Indonesia is dried dates (tamr). Because it is dried, the sugar content is higher than ripe dates and tastes much sweeter.
Young dates and fertility
Both young dates, mature dates, and dried dates contain more or less the same nutrients, including fiber, iron, potassium, vitamins B, B6, A and K, tannins, copper, and riboflavin. This fruit is also rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and zinc which are claimed to improve male and female fertility.
Unfortunately, until now there has been no research that says that young dates have better properties than mature dates and dried dates in improving one’s fertility.
In the Middle East, date palm pollen (DPP) is actually more trusted as a medicine to overcome the problem of infertility, especially in men. Apart from containing the nutrients mentioned earlier, dates and pollen dates have compounds that work like reproductive hormones in men and women.
In one study, administration of DPP extract to adult female rats increased the number of egg follicles and levels of the hormone testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone that play a role in reproduction. In another study, DPP administration could compensate for decreased levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in adult female rats exposed to lead. It is known that these two hormones play an important role in the formation and release of eggs.
In male rats and rabbits, DPP administration increased sperm count and quality. In addition, it also improves sexual behavior and testosterone levels in male rats.
However, these studies are mostly conducted on animal experiments. In humans, there are only two clinical trials that have shown that DPP significantly increases sperm count and improves sperm motility, and increases sexual desire and reproductive hormones in men with fertility disorders. While related to its effects on female fertility, it has not been studied.
So, is it true that young dates make a successful pregnancy program?
From these studies, it can be concluded that consumption of dates or pollen dates might increase the chances of getting pregnant through improving the quality of eggs and sperm cells produced. However, this conclusion is still limited to theory because there are no scientific studies that confirm the truth of its effect on humans.
Moreover, the success of a pregnant program is influenced by many factors besides the food consumed. These factors, including stress, sleep patterns, lifestyle, and the presence or absence of medical conditions – both men and women – can reduce the chances of pregnancy.
If you still believe that young dates can make a successful pregnancy program, go ahead and consume them, but keep in mind the limits. However this fruit is high in sugar so it should be consumed no more than 6-8 fruits a day in healthy individuals and no more than 2-3 fruits a day in individuals with diabetes.