Figs belonging to mulberry family are delicious, sweet and are loaded with natural health benefiting nutrients, while the dried figs on other hand are highly concentrated source of minerals and vitamins.
Nutrition Facts of Figs
Fig fruits are low in calories and 100 gms of it contains 74 calories. Figs are rich in soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants that contribute to your overall health.
100 gms of dried figs contain 249 calories, and they are rich sources of minerals (calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc), vitamins and anti-oxidant
Health Benefits of Figs
Figs for Weight Lose
Figs contain high fiber content that aid is weight loss, and it is often recommended to obese people. However, don’t over eat figs,especially combined with milk as they result in weight gain.
Figs lowers cholesterol levels
Figs are packed with Pectin, a soluble fiber, and it helps in eliminating the toxins from the body. Figs promote high amounts of fiber in your diet which in turn benefit your overall health and prevent abdominal cancer as well as colon cancer.
Figs Prevent Coronary Heart Disease
Dried figs have phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-6 that has the potential to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Fig leaves have an inhibitory effect on triglycerides, which are another major factor behind various heart diseases.
Figs Help Cure Diabetes
Figs leaves have healing properties and they reduce the amount of insulin intake and help patients with diabetes. Figs also have properties to lower fatigue, improve brain memory and prevent anaemia.
Figs Strengthen Bones
Figs are rich source of calcium. Calcium-rich foods can strengthen bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The phosphorus content in Figs support bone formation and spurs regrowth if there is degradation to bones.
Figs for Respiratory Disorders
Figs help to heal and protect sore throat and they relieve pain and stress on the vocal chords. Figs can help treat respiratory disorders such as cough, asthma and in treating other illnesses like fever, earache, boils, abscesses, venereal diseases. The high levels of alkines in Figs helps to regulate the pH of the body. They are also low in fat and sugar.
Risks and Precautions of Fig
While figs are usually good, eating too many of them can cause diarrhea or sometimes cause bleeding in the digestive tract in sensitive individual.
Too many dried figs can cause tooth decay.
Few individuals can be allergic to figs, or certain chemical components within them, and it can lead to mild or severe allergies.