Figs are a great source of omega-3’s and are a part of the Mediterranean diet. There is some evidence that they may help reverse bone loss.
Darker figs tend to have more antioxidants and phytochemicals. Figs are sodium free as well as fat and cholesterol free.
Dried figs also contain relatively high amounts of fiber, higher than some common fruits. 8-9 figs contain about 10 grams of fiber, which is around 40% of our daily recommendation. We should be eating at least 25-35 grams of fiber per day, which is about twice the current average fiber intake of 12-15 grams per day in the U.S. Dried figs are perhaps one of the best fruit sources of fiber and they also taste great. More than 80% of the fiber is soluble fiber, which helps control blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels. Dried figs also contain one of the highest concentrations of polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) among fruits. They also contain carotenoids like lutein, lycopene, and beta-carotene (a vitamin-A precursor). Lycopene and lutein are the most abundant carotenoids in Figs followed by beta-carotene.
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