Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree, which is grown in many tropical regions of the world. ... Medjool and Deglet Noor dates are the most commonly consumed varieties. Dates are chewy with a sweet flavor. They are also high in some important nutrients and have a variety of advantages and uses. Here are only a few of the reasons why you should eat dates regularly: Lowers cholesterol. ... Protein rich. ... Rich in vitamins. ... Improves bone health. ... Strengthens the nervous system. ... Rich in iron. ... Promotes digestion. ... Improves skin.