probably because they are cheap, but idk xD
Dates aren't cheap where i am. Over $5 for 20-30 dates
Depending on whether you're talking about deglet or medjool, that could be more than 1400 calories for $5, which is pretty cheap for a raw diet (not compared to McDonalds).
You should try shopping around for better prices, I go to an Indian store and get a container of 121 dates for $5.99.
Nutritional value and calories
Bananas are high in potassium, to balance out the sodium levels in the body, or 'flush out' the sodium? In a basic level, bananas play a role in how sodium is stored in the body, helping release fluid retention. ^_^ Also, you can make dried bananas, banana milk (1 banana + water in blender) , banana + lettuce 'sandwiches', banana smoothies, banana ice 'cream', grilled/sauteed bananas (to caramelize them),banana pudding, banana cereal (banana milk + sliced bananas)... what other fruit is like that?
Dates are a tricky guy for me... I can eat 200-300 a day if you let me (my record is ~220 a day of noor dates), but they are wonderful on my digestion.
Bananas are cheaper than dates when comparing price per pound and caloric amount. (Bananas are about 70-99 cents a pound for organic in USA while Medjool dates run from $4.49 (Trader Joe's) to $9.29 (My Co Op) a pound) A pound of bananas is about 400 calories (450 grams of bananas) while a pound of dates is about 1200 calories (450 grams total). So Dates are ~3 times more in calorie amount, but still ~8 times more costly (The average price I found per pound of organic medjools was 8$ a pound and let's say average price per pound of organic 'naners is 1$ a pound).
So maybe dates are a good investment ^_^ for caloric density. I often hear Freelee and Harley talk about their food choices in how calorically dense they are. Freelee doesn't suggest mono island for apples, melons and peaches, for instance, because they are too low in calories.
Too, when comparing kinds of sugar on NutritionalFacts.Org, Michael found that Date Sugar was the healthiest, in front of Agave, Cane Sugar, Maple Syrup... It was the only sweetener (besides Molasses), with nutritional benefits, like fiber and vitamins.
Do you guys ever plan on moving to metric?
Should we all stop using the "calories" unit and converted to kj (kilojoules)?
Reference: 3000 kcal ("dietary calories") = 12600 kj
They are readily available, affordable and somewhat relied on. As a staple food, they are eaten routinely and constitute a dominant portion of one's diet, whist also contributing to a large proportion of energy intake (calories). If we were to attribute bananas and dates to a population, as staple foods often are, then I think it would be fair to say that they are staples of the raw/fruiterian/30BAD communities, and thus qualifying them as staple foods.
For me, since fruit availability changes over the course of a year, my staples will change accordingly. I would consider my staples to include watermelon, peaches, nectarines, mangos, persimmons, oranges/clementines, cherimoyas, apples, bananas, avocados and sweet tamarind. Celery is like my staple greens.