A Sweet Fiber for Your Menu Plan


Fresh Whole and Sliced Figs

For as long as you can remember, you’ve been trying to lose weight. Like many other people, one of your pitfalls is your sweet tooth. While you dedicatedly eat vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains at mealtime, you can’t seem to resist the sugar rush you feel after indulging in your favorite piece of cake, slice of pie, cookie, or bowl of ice cream. If you can relate to this troubling, addictive scenario, you need to consider adding a sweet fiber to your daily menu plan.

To lose weight successfully, you must burn more calories each day than you consume. Eating your daily recommended amount of fiber is essential when attempting to trim your waistline. Fiber keeps you full longer. And, this helpful substance also aids in digestion.

Fortunately for sugar cravers, many healthy sources of fiber are also sweet tasting. One amazingly sweet source of fiber is the fig. A delicious serving of figs contains 2.9 grams, or 7 percent of your daily recommended value, of fiber. This ancient fruit is also relatively low in calories. A serving of figs has 74 calories. In addition to fiber, dried figs are good sources of health enhancing:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Copper

Fresh figs provide beneficial amounts of:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Due to this group of vitamins’ perceived ability to rid the body of oxygen developed free radicals, eating figs might help protect you from developing:

  • Certain types of cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Certain kinds of infections
  • Some types of degenerative diseases

If figs aren’t one of your favorite foods, don’t despair. Several other kinds of sweet tasting, fiber filled foods are available at your local grocery store. One great option is sweet potatoes. As their name implies, these healthy starches have a lovely sugary taste. Besides packing a fiber punch, sweet potatoes are excellent sources of vitamin A and potassium. A roasted sweet potato topped with cinnamon makes a tantalizingly scrumptious side dish or dessert. Blackberries, strawberries, apples, and other types of fruit are also high in fiber and sugary sweetness.

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