By Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD (Source: Authority Nutrition)
QaysArthur.net Note: Not only is tamarind referred to as "date of India", as mentioned in the article, but the origin of the English term "tamarind" is actually Arabic تمر هندي or tamr hindi which means "Indian date".
Bottom Line: Tamarind is a tropical tree that grows in several regions around the world. It produces pods filled with paste-like, sweet-sour fruit.
Bottom Line: Tamarind is used as a flavoring in many dishes. It also has medicinal properties and can be used as a tarnish remover.
Bottom Line: Tamarind contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and beneficial plant compounds. It also has a lot of sugar, so it is high in calories.
Bottom Line: Pure tamarind comes in three main forms: raw pods, pressed blocks and concentrate. It’s also available as candy and syrup.
Bottom Line: Tamarind pulp contains plant compounds that may protect against heart disease and oxidative damage.
Bottom Line: Tamarind contains a good amount of magnesium, an important mineral that plays a role in over 600 functions in the body.
Bottom Line: Several studies show that tamarind can combat many different microbes. It may help kill bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
Bottom Line: Tamarind candy may contain unsafe amounts of lead. For that reason, children and pregnant women should avoid it.
Bottom Line: There are several ways to enjoy tamarind. It can be used in sweet and savory dishes, or eaten straight from the pod.