The fruit of the date palm has played an important role in the human diet since the earliest days of civilization. Archeological evidence shows they were cultivated by early inhabitants of the Indus valley from 7000 BC as well as the Sumerians and Egyptians from 5500 BC. Dates are not only one of the sweetest natural substances, they are also packed with nutrients and fiber, thus delivering numerous health benefits. Here are seven reasons to make a lunch (breakfast, dinner, etc.) date with dates!