Fig, aka fig tree, aka fig, is a tasty and healthy fruit of yellow, green, and purple. During its main season – August and late autumn – we eat it fresh. In winter and spring – dried. And yes, this “oriental beauty” is beneficial. But how exactly it supports our body and how to choose the best one – nutritionist Alena Chernikova will tell us more.
What is better to combine figs with
- Figs are useful in any form; fresh, dried, fried, and baked. Figs are used to make jam, jam, meat; salads are cooked with it; they even make wine.
- In some countries, it is baked with meat and nuts.
- Figs perfectly complement rich cheeses and aged hams (prosciutto, ham).
- Dried figs are eaten in the same way as raisins or other dried fruits. To make it more juicy and soft, you can pre-soak it in water or fruit juice.
- Blending blended figs with balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a healthy and delicious homemade salad dressing
But to get the maximum benefits from figs and satisfy your taste buds, it is important to choose the right berry. So
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How to choose figs
- The berry should not be too soft or too hard.
- It should give in to pressure but not turn into mush.
- Figs are stored in the refrigerator for no longer than three days; then, they lose their taste and benefits.
Why figs are useful
With their low-calorie content, fresh figs satisfy hunger well and give a feeling of fullness for a long time, so they are a good way to fight excess weight.
- Fresh figs contain 49 kcal per 100 g of product and dried – 257 kcal per 100g
- Figs are rich in fiber, vitamins, and trace elements.
- It contains vitamins of group B, A, C, K, E and beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. Excellent support for strong immunity
- Fig normalizes the activity of the thyroid gland.
- Good for the nervous and cardiovascular systems, as it thins the blood
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- It is an excellent antipyretic
- Figs are considered an excellent remedy for anemia.
Who can’t use figs
- Even the most useful product should be consumed with knowledge of measure and caution. Figs can be eaten no more than 4-5 pieces per day so that there are no problems with the stomach and intestines.
- More Figs – Possible GI Disorders
- It is also important to remember about moderation for people suffering from gastritis and diabetes.
- Figs are not allowed for people with stomach ulcers, kidney diseases, inflammatory processes in the intestines, gout
What about dried figs?
It is essential to remember that the amount of sugar in dried fruits increases significantly, namely – up to 70%. Consider this if you have diabetes and are overweight. The optimal amount of dried figs for healthy people is 2-3 pieces per day.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Today Lifestyle