Figs: Small but Powerful

by Niki Kefala

Are you a fan of figs? Because I am. To be honest although dried figs are available on stores throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique texture of fresh figs.

“They are sweet with a texture that as the experts say “combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds.”

Figs are low in calories. However, they contain health-benefiting soluble dietary fiber that has a positive effect on weight management –  as well as nourishing minerals and vitamins A, C, E, and K. Also they contain good levels of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates, and pantothenic acid. These vitamins helps on metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

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Fig and chocolate cake
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Fig cookies

Figs for strong bones and hair

Dried figs are an excellent source of minerals (like copper, potassium, iron, selenium and zinc), vitamins and anti-oxidants. Besides their potassium and fiber content, figs are a good source of the trace mineral manganese. Figs have good amount of calcium that helps to strengthen bones. Moreover calcium contributes to the formation of collagen that makes up our hair and scalp.

pork with figs
Pork with figs

Eating the fig leaves?

You probably don’t like to eat leaves and you probably do not think about the leaves of the fig tree as one of fig’s edible parts. But in some cultures, fig leaves are a tasty delicacy and helps you to overcome bad breath. The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have antidiabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections.

Figs for your face

As already mentioned figs are rich in important nutrients like Vitamin B, C, phosphorus, potassium and minerals like calcium and magnesium which are essential for rejuvenating the skin’s health. The high omega 3 fatty acids in figs keep the skin well-moisturized. Are you bored of acne? Apply mashed fresh figs all over your face and let it dry for 15-20 minutes and your face will be better looking.

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