Fresh or Dried Figs are a Flavorful Treat


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Figs have a rich and fascinating history. They are mentioned in the Bible, Sumerian stone tablets, Greek mythology and other ancient writings. Spanish missionaries brought this fruit to the Americas in the 1500s and it has remained popular ever since.

Figs contain a plethora of important nutrients. They are particularly rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and Vitamins A, E, and K. They also contain vitamin B6, pantothenic acid and soluble fibers. Additionally, figs are a very effective natural laxative that can regulate digestion and prevent or cure constipation.

Figs also contain a lot of natural sugar, making them a great alternative to commercial sweeteners. You can add them to yogurt, granola or smoothies instead of sugar; alternatively, you can use them in baked treats and add less sugar than the recipe calls for. You can also eat figs plain, sprinkle them on a salad or eat them stuffed with cheese and nuts. Figs also taste great with cured meats such as ham and bacon.

A serving of 10 common figs contain only a single gram of fat. Dried, uncooked figs contain significantly more fat; even so, they are far less fattening than most commercial treats sold at local grocery stores. What is more, the fact that figs are rich in fiber ensures that you will feel full after eating just a few of these tasty fruits.

If you want to add extra nutrition to your diet and/or replace unhealthy snack foods with healthy alternatives, consider making figs a regular part of your diet. They taste great either fresh or dried and offer numerous health benefits you won't want to miss out on.

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