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Date Syrup Deters Bacteria

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Posted on Mar 15, 2016, 6 a.m.

Date syrup demonstrates antibacterial activity against a number of disease-causing bacteria.

Date syrup is a viscous, sweet liquid derived from dates and consumed as a sweetener alternative to refined sugar.  Ara Kanekanian, from Cardiff Metropolitan University (United Kingdom), and colleagues mixed date syrup in vitro with a range of disease-causing bacteria -- including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, observing that the date syrup inhibited bacteria growth after just six hours of exposure. 

Hajer Taleb, Sarah Maddocks, Keith Morris, Ara Kanekanian.  “Date Syrup: the bioactive constituents contributing to its antibacterial activity” [Abstract S02/55].  Presentation at Society for General Microbiology 2015 Annual Conference, 30 March 2015.

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