Frequently Asked Questions about Date Syrup

Frequently Asked Questions about Date Syrup

Published on May 28, 2020

As a sugarless sweetener, date syrup is a popular natural and healthy sweetener, which can be used instead of artificial sweeteners, such as sugar.

You can benefit from all the nutritional values in the fruit of date in its syrup too, including potassium, protein, different vitamins, and fiber. Moreover, date syrup can become one of your favorite ingredients for making cakes, biscuits, and any other sweets.

You can also sweeten your tea, coffee, or any other beverages with this syrup. Although we know that date syrup is so useful and beneficial, there are common questions that many people might have about this product. So, we are going to answer all of them so you will become completely knowledgeable about this product and all its usages.

How is date syrup produced?

The process of making a date syrup is different from other natural sweeteners, such as honey or maple syrup. We know that it’s the fleet of bees who are responsible for making honey, which makes the honey production so different from date syrup, even incomparable.

The maple sap is also the nectar of an old tree, which turns into a syrup after boiling down. Although dates syrup is made with the fruit of dates, it doesn’t have any concentrate juice coming from its fruit.

juice to concentrate from the dates

The process of making Date syrup is not complicated. It can even be made at home. However, the mass production of date syrup is a bit different. Generally, to make the dates syrup, the dates are cooked in water.

When they become softer, they will be blended and pressed through a filter, so its pits remained outside of the final product, and its liquid will be squeezed out. The liquid will be boiled again, to become thicker and consistent like honey.

Date syrup has all the nutritional benefits of its fruit, the minerals, vitamins, and calories in this product will be so healthy and energy-boosting. Since no sugar is added to the syrup, dates syrup will be one of the healthiest sweeteners you can find in the stores.

Is date syrup healthy?

Safe and healthy date syrup is the natural product, which doesn’t have any additives, such as sugar, or preserving chemicals. Therefore, date syrup is considered to be one of the healthiest sweeteners you can consume.

Originating from the fruit of date, it is also packed with all the vitamins, minerals contained in its fruit. So, consuming date syrup doesn’t have any unhealthy effects on your body. But, still, you need to be careful about the amount of date syrup you consume each day.

Is date syrup healthier that maple syrup?

Date syrup and maple syrup are both natural products, which contain many health benefits. So, they are both healthy. However, the potassium, calcium, and magnesium level in date syrup is twice higher than the ones in maple syrup.

Moreover, date syrup contains many more antioxidants than maple syrup, which makes it a perfect product for brain health.

What is date syrup used for?

You can consume date syrup as a single product, like honey. It is a useful product to add a sweet flavor to different drinks such as tea or any beverages. It is easy to find recipes with date syrup. Since it is sweet, you can mostly make cakes and different desserts with this product.

There are traditional ways of consuming date syrup, such as rubbing it on bread or drizzling it on top of pancakes, oatmeal, cheese, and salad. Some people like sweet cuisines, so you can find date syrup trace in cooking too. Since date syrup is an alternative to sugar, you can use this product in any condition that you usually use sugar.

Is dates syrup good for weight loss?

Dates syrup has all the health benefits of its fruit. It doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol and is also a rich source of protein, which is good news for people who want to lose weight. Therefore, you can easily add dates syrup to your weight loss program.

But you should be careful about the amount of the Dates syrup you eat each day. Since dates are high in calories and sugar, you shouldn’t eat much. You can add one or two tablespoons of Dates syrup to your diet or just use it as a natural sweetener to avoid consuming sugar or unhealthy sweets.

Is date syrup good for diabetics?

Eating sweet foods and products may increase the risk of diabetes. But, the sweet taste in date syrup comes from the natural sugar in the fruit of date, which is not harmful to the body.

The high fiber content of dates is also beneficial to diabetics. However, they should not eat too many dates or any related products. Usually, nutritionists recommend consuming 2 to 3 Dates in a day.

Since you will not know how many Dates you are eating while consuming date syrup, you should consult with your doctor to make sure you are not overeating it.

However, one tablespoon of date syrup is usually OK to consume. Moreover, a person eating date syrup should be careful about any other sweet products he/she eats alongside the syrup.

How to store date syrup?

Date syrup is kept in an airtight jar. It’s better to keep it in a cool place or a refrigerator. Although there is no necessity in refrigerating this product, the refrigerated date syrup can last for a longer period without going rancid.

Generally, date syrup lasts around 18 months. The expiration date written on date syrup is the “best by” date of using it. But, it doesn’t mean that the product will go rancid after that time. Usually, it is common to still being safe to consume this product after its expiration date.

How to make date syrup at home?

Making date syrup is so easy and won’t need any special tools. You only need a pack of dates and the following utensils:

  • A Pot
  • A bowl
  • A sieve

Ingredients to make date syrup at home

  • 10 pitted, seedless dates
  • 1 cup water

The homemade date syrup recipe

  1. First, wash the dates, then chop and remove their pits.
  2. Soak them in the boiling water for about 2 hours.
  3. Put the sieve over a large bowl and squeeze the dates over it. You will have the liquids out in the bowl.
  4. Mix the pulp and the liquid in the bowl again and mash with a masher.
  5. Pour the juice in the pot again and let in boil for another 45 minutes so all its remaining water will be evaporated.
  6. You will have a thick, soft, and sticky liquid, which you should keep away and wait until it cools down and turns into your favorite syrup.
How can I make date syrup at home?

What does date syrup taste like?

Date syrup is known because of its sweet and delicious flavor. However, the sweet taste of this product is different from any artificial sweetener, such as sugar. Its distinctive flavor makes it an ideal ingredient to add to desserts, pastries, and any other dishes. Date syrups taste like a pleasant mixture of honey, caramel, and cinnamon.

Date syrup Taste

PS. This article is written based on the research that Natural Moreish content team has done on different blogs, websites and articles. Natural Moreish doesn’t suggest acknowledge or claim the information on this post.

About the author Joshua is a recipe developer, cook, photographer, and author. Ever since he was young, he’s enjoyed food. He is looking at food, learning and researching about food and happily devouring food. Because of his food philosophy of sharing, you’ll find him regularly adding delicious tapas style dishes, appetizers and finger food.

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