28 November 2014

The amazing Fig


Nature has countless wonderful things for humankind and Fig indeed is one of nature’s precious gift. Although it has very limited season but still its sweetness, freshness and tenderness pleases millions of people around the world. A few weeks harvesting season of fig begins with the ending of summer and ends in initial days of fall however, this does not affects the liking of its admirers. Fig contains varieties of essential nutrients including minerals, vitamins, fiber and various other beneficial supplements within it, some of them are discussed bellow.  


Fig is a powerful source of minerals that are essential parts of our regular nutritional intake.  Fig contains usual minerals such as potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, fluoride, phosphorus and selenium. Copper found in fig is essential for producing red blood cells in our body while, potassium is important for our body fluid, which further maintains our body’s blood pressure and controls heart rate. A fresh fig is capable of fulfilling 10% of a person’s required nutritional intakes per day. Fig is also free from fats cholesterol and sodium as well.


Figs are very rich in vitamins also; it contains vitamin K, vitamin E and vitamin A, vitamin B 12, vitamin C, vitamin B 6 and vitamin D, which protects us from infections, diabetes and even cancers as well. Other important vitamins like pentatonic, acid, folates, thiamin, choline, riboflavin and niacin also found in figs.


FigsA normal person requires 25-30 grams of fiber per day; a fig may contribute 10 percent of our daily-required intake of fiber that means a fig contains 2-3 g of fiber within it. Fiber is an essential requirement for our body that serves in lowering cholesterol and regulating sugar level in our blood. Another important function of fiber is to ensure our feeling of stomach fullness for long duration to maintain our body weight.

Antioxidant Properties

Figs are very good source of antioxidants as well, chlorogenic acid, lutein, carotenes antioxidants found in fig are very useful for keeping a person physically fit. Another important antioxidant found in fig is phenol that helps in countering various health disorders such as cancers, heart problems and harmful infections.  

How to Use Figs 

You can buy both fresh as well as dried fig for use because both contain plenty of essential nutrients. Using figs with or without its skin is totally up to you so use it according to your taste and needs but remember to clean it with fresh water before using it. Many people like eating fresh figs while others love it dried. There are plenty of ways one can use figs, add it with ice cream, cheese chicken or beef it always tastes delicious. Adding figs in salad is also a way enjoying this healthy fruit as well.


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