Date consumption and dietary significance in the United Arab Emirates

Baraem Ismail, Jeya Henry, Imad Haffar, Riad Baalbaki

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Date consumption in the United Arab Emirates was determined among different subgroups of the nation's society. Adult consumers of both sexes and different age groups (18-30 and 30-60) and occupations (students, workers, at home) were surveyed for information on their daily consumption of six date food groups (rutab, tamr, seh, debbs, batheeth and madlouj). Percentage distribution of portion size, frequency of consumption and season, over different consumer groups per date food group, were determined. Differences in the daily consumption of every date food group within and among the different population groups were tested. The most consumed date food groups were rutab and tamr, with rutab being more frequently consumed than tamr during the summer season. Overall, no major differences were observed in average daily consumption per capita of most of the date food groups between males and females, between employed and home-based consumers, and between students and individuals of 18-30 years old. On average, daily consumption of dates per capita was 114.3 g, equivalent to 10 date fruits. However, it was noted that the younger population does not consume dates as much as the older population does. Nevertheless, data obtained highlighted the significance of dates in the UAE nation's diet considering the relatively high average consumption of dates per capita.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1196-1201
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Consumption frequency
  • Dates
  • Diet
  • Nutritional importance


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