Why First Date Granola is ‘Love at First Sight’

(for those wishing to reduce their sugar intake and for pre-diabetic and diabetic customers)

By Kate Springer

Bulk bag of First Date Granola

Do you or a loved one wish to reduce your sugar intake? Have diabetes or are pre-diabetic? Looking to read more about dates and sugar? If so, you have come to the right place, and are likely mindful that what you/they are eating could cause a blood sugar drop or spike. As we have been increasingly conscious of offering products for a variety of dietary needs, we want to set the record straight that TNG’s First Date Granola can be ‘love at first sight’ for diabetics as well! We will explain why below.

Can Diabetics Have Dates?

Yes! One pitted date contains roughly 67 calories, as well as 18 grams of carbs. When eaten as part of a balanced diet, however, they can be consumed by diabetics, which is backed up by Lisa Wartenberg, MFA, RD, LD, in this article for Healthline.

Dates can complement a diabetic’s diet for the following reasons:

  • They are fiber-rich, which helps the body absorb sugars slower.
  • Dates have a low glycemic index (GI), which means there is not a huge concern with them spiking blood sugar levels. Studies have been done which found the levels in different types of dates to be low.
  • The glycemic load (GL) is medium, when eating no more than 1 or 2 dates per day.

To summarize, in limited quantities, dates can become a positive addition to one’s diet.

The Nutritional Benefit of Dates & Date Powder

Although dates have natural sugar, they are also packed with nutrients. Rachel Nall, MSN, CRNA broke some of their benefits down in a MedicalNewsToday article.

Some Health Benefits of Dates

  • High in nutrients: Nutrients, such as iron and vitamin B-6, are in dates.
  • Polyphenols abound: Dates have higher levels of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant compound, than most veggies and fruits, which can help heal inflammation.
  • Good for heart health: Since dates are high in potassium, they can help ward off heart disease while keeping muscles strong.

First Date Granola features date powder to add the most minimal amount of sweetening. Date powder is made from natural dates which have been ground up. That means First Date Granola eaters get some nutrition from dates without the high sugar levels.

The Wonders of First Date Granola

Bowl with milk and First Date Granola
Photo credit: Clare Barboza

Since its debut, First Date Granola has been overwhelmingly popular, and it is easy to see why.

Reasons why Customers Love First Date Granola

  • It has no refined sugar.
  • One serving contains less than one gram of sugar, which is less than a whole date, which contains roughly 4.5 grams of sugar.
  • It is high in protein, at 5 grams per serving (one serving is 28 grams of granola).
  • Not only is it safe for diabetics to incorporate into a balanced diet, but First Date is also gluten free, soy free, peanut free, certified kosher, vegan and Non-GMO.
  • Trying it is like ‘love at first bite.’ We hope you agree!

We are happy to conclude that First Date Granola is diabetic-friendly, and hope this post inspires you to either try it yourself or share it with a family member. Pretty sweet!