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Figs… A dessert of less than 100 calories!

Some figs for dessert, what would you say? Seems a good idea, right? Let’s start by saying that figs, either fresh or dried, comprise many health benefits. In addition, dried figs are characterized by a slightly higher nutrient concentration.

1- Although they are a pretty sweet fruit, figs are not high in calories: about 25 Kcal per small piece. Also, we should note that a portion of such fruit represents two large or three small fresh figs, or one medium sized dried fig.

2- This fruit is very rich in minerals; it is characterized by its high content of calcium and potassium. This is without mentioning the good dose of magnesium, iron, manganese, zinc and bromine it provides us with. Moreover, figs bring us a significant amount of B group vitamins as well as A and K vitamins.

3- As for the skin of the fig, let’s note that it contains the most of the antioxidants present in this fruit. Also, purple figs contain a remarkable amount of anthocyanins from which we can benefit as long as we consume figs with their skin.

4- Figs are also rich in insoluble fibers and this could make them efficient for curing temporary constipation. These figs can also help in preventing colon cancer.

5- Also, figs are known to be diuretic and laxative. Therefore, their detoxifying properties are noteworthy too.

6- On the other hand, it is worth noting that figs are not recommended for people with diverticular disease since small grains contained in this fruit may accumulate in the diverticula of the intestine and cause discomfort and disorders.

On the other hand, and at the time of purchase, be aware that green or purple fresh figs should be plump and soft to the touch. Their skin should be slightly bent and must not show any kind of stains or cracks.

Before eating figs, remember to remove the tail as this is the area from which some traces of latex (small white droplets) would leak; such substance is present in the leaves and branches of the plant. In fact, if this substance enters in contact with the lips or mouth, it can cause irritation.

Finally, we should note that fresh figs can be stored for 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator. They must be well covered since they may easily absorb the odors of other foods. As for dried figs, these may be stored in the refrigerator for a month on the condition that they are kept in an airtight container.

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