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
Read also: 10 Healthy Benefits of a Dragon Fruit
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
Also read: Feijoa: Benefits, Harms, And How To Eat Them Correctly.
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