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How long should I soak dates for?  Is it helpful/highly recommended?

 

I have some really moist, soft Khadrawy dates from Bautista - should I soak them?

 

While I'm at it, any thoughts on Michael Arnstein's experience of dates being less than optimal?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxq-q8lwn1o

 

I personally have NEVER had the experience of not being able to stop eating dates like he talks about, so it may just not be an issue I have.   I've also never even eaten 100 dates at once, like he talks about.  So maybe it's just something unique to him.  

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By the way, my main question that I'm hoping to get answered here is how long to soak dates for.

 

I just put some in to soak overnight, so I'll see how that goes.

i always soak them Overnight

#Thats the video that keeps me from sending thousands more people to Mike's website cos I dont want to have to answer 'but dates make you fat and are addictive Harley?' ;) 

 

Ask Mike why Scott Jurek kicks his ass and Mike does more volume training and can run 10k/marathon WAY faster than Jurek. ;) NOTHING to do with glycogen levels is it Mike. ;) 

 

Mike thinks he has to run 32:30 and wake up with 2.6% body fat every day of the year OTHERWISE he is a 'fat pig'. ;) I dont know of any individuals that are so good with time management, talented athletically and is such a 'go getter'. Limiting ones carb intake is just going to crumble them. Its like drilling holes in a a bicycle frame to make it lighter. Its gonna have an epic fail.

 

Mike has more talent but Scott just knows how to eat to go the distance. 

 

#I soak my dates for about 3mins. I fill the blender, and start pitting the dates and plonking them in there. Then blend it up. The stronger your blender, the less soaking. Does that make sense?

 

 

Thanks DR!  Yes, that makes sense on soaking the dates.  That's a lot easier than having to remember to soak them ahead of time!
Even if i make dateorade, it tastes so much more creamy and smooth when the dates are soaked, at least for 2-3 hours. Try it out and taste the difference. I have a cheap blender though, probably a Vitamix would take care of that.
I usually soak them overnight, they are so plump and delish in the morning.  This is usually because it's rare I can find super fresh dates at the supermarket—I agree with Garth, feel out the consistency and just check out its progress as you soak them, soon you'll get a good idea of how long you should keep them in water.

What is the purpose of soaking them?  Just so they don't dehydrate you?  So they don't stick to your teeth?

 

I do have a VitaMix. 

soaking them just makes them blend better -- they aren't going to sprout or anything. If you don't like the chewy bits on the bottom, soak for at least an hour or so.

 

But O the chewy bits in life . . .

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