Yes I have only recently discovered dates since I stopped eating cakes and biscuits.
I use them a lot in cooking now to get my sweet fix even though they still have sugar in them, but then I do not need to add any more sugar!
Medjool are very expensive but by far the best of any date I have tasted.
Sugar is sugar is sugar . . .which is carbohydrate and whichever way you look at it, it is bad for diabetics. I used to eat heaps of Medjool dates - the big juicy ones that taste like fudge . . . they used to be considered the lesser of two evils but now they are on the "no" list. Have just this minute come in from being at another round of diabetes education . . . . she confirmed that Medjools are just as bad as any other sugar. *sigh* I'm living on proteins, greens and good fats with an occasional banana, apple or orange as a treat. Yay.
Not particularly. I add a couple to my sticky date pudding when I make it, but that's it. They are extremely high in sugar. 66g of sugar, the equivalent of 16.5 teaspoons of sugar. Not a good thing for anyone diabetic or trying to watch their weight. Thinking of that sickly sweetness makes me feel......ohhh!!!
I love fresh dates or good dried dates and buy them every now and then. If I have fresh dates I have to limit myself or I will pay. I have no trouble limiting myself with dry dates as they aren't as irresistible.
I don't know what Medijool dates are. A brand I suppose. I don't buy cheaper dates unless they look plump and succulent and a not squashed together in a block of sticky flesh and flaking scaly skin.
The only dates I eat are in cooked dishes. We were broughf up (every Sunday when Nana baked) on date loaf and date scones. Mum used to cook a lot for fetes and I recall her using dates and filling them with some sort of home made fondant and wrapping individually in cellophane. Nowadays all I eat with date in it is sticky date pudding
I love fresh medjool dates by themselves.
I use dried dates in cooking (even when the recipe calls for fresh dates - they're too expensive and dried is nearly as good). I love that you get sticky, nutritious, fibrous goodness with the sweetness of dates.