Dates are dense in nutrition, containing many vitamins and large amounts of fructose. In fact, dates are commonly used food item in both Chinese cuisine and medicine. Many health influencers advocate date consumption for a number of benefits, such as more energy, increasing brain function, improving skin, helping gut health, and as an alternative to refined sugars. The quality of dates being dense in nutrients can serve as either benefit or detriment to the body. This serves as a rule in Chinese medicine, what can be medicine can also be poison to the body. In order to receive the best outcome, you must know when and when not to eat certain foods.

Dates, while dense in nutrition, can also be difficult to digest. They are high in fruit sugars, and sugars are known to reduce beneficial bacteria and be an irritant to the gastric mucosa. From a Chinese medical perspective, dates are nourishing but cloying in nature. This leads to a tendency of dates to inhibit the digestive tract and also promote the generation of excess mucus. You must avoid eating them if you have a tendency to indigestion, acid reflux, nausea, or vomiting.