Fig — sweet and juicy when ripe — is a berrylike fruit grown for its edible pulp. It can be red, yellow, purple-skinned or green-striped, each with its own unique flavour.
It is high in fibre and a good source of essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, and potassium as well as vitamins K and B6.
Below are eight reasons to love fig.
The high concentration of fibre in fig promotes healthy, regular bowel function and prevents constipation. Fibre adds bulk and mass to the bowel movements, aiding digestion.
Lowers cholesterol level
Figs contain pectin, a soluble fibre. When fibre moves through the digestive tract, it mops up excess clumps of cholesterol and carries them to the excretory system to be eliminated from the body.
Prevents heart diseases
Dried fig contains phenol, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases. The fruit also contains antioxidants such as phenolic, carotenes, lutein, tannins that eliminate free radicals and keep diseases at bay.
Figs are rich in potassium, which helps to regulate the amount of sugar absorbed by the body after meals. The potassium content also ensures that blood sugar spikes and falls are less frequent. Also, fig contains chlorogenic acid that helps lower blood sugar levels and control blood glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus (adult-onset) condition.
Potassium in fig negates the adverse effects of sodium usually consumed in the form of salt. High sodium level may lead to hypertension.
Figs are rich in calcium and phosphorus, which are the most important components in strengthening bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Fig consumption aids bone formation and spurs regrowth if there is any damage or degradation to bones.
Lack of iron in the body can cause iron-deficiency, resulting in anaemia. Dried fig contains ample amount of iron, which is a key component of haemoglobin. Consuming dried figs help to improve the haemoglobin levels in the blood.
Including fig in your diet enhances the quality of your sleep. Fig contains contain omega-3 fatty acids and tryptophan that help your body create melatonin, which induces sleep.
The tryptophan present in figs helps in synthesising vitamin B3 in your body, which keeps insomnia at. A deficiency of vitamin B3 in your body makes you unstable and restless.
Aids weight loss
The fibre in fig also makes you feel full for longer, thus reducing your food intake, consequently leading to weight loss.
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