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Seven benefits to eating figs

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Figs seem to be a popular addition to many seasonal dishes around the holidays; however, they are an amazingly healthy option to include in a diet at any time of the year. Their firm flesh and succulent flavor are a true taste treat when fresh and dried they have a denser and sweet consistency. Many people are unaware of the wonderful health benefits to eating figs including weight loss.

Here are seven health benefits to eating figs:

  1. Weight Control. Figs are a fantastic way to maintain a healthy weight and they are also a stellar source of good fiber. Consuming a fig or two before a meal will help a person feel fuller as a little under four ounces of figs are a mere 75 calories.
  2. Blood Pressure Regulation. Figs are a sodium-free food and a rich in potassium and these two elements make them ideal for a diet directed at reducing high blood pressure.
  3. Bone Strength. Calcium can be found in abundance in figs which can help prevent osteoporosis and the potassium - in addition to helping to lower blood pressure - will help maintain bone density.
  4. Improvement in Digestion. The fiber-rich fig encourages regular bowel movements and alleviates constipation. However, it's best to be moderate about consuming them so that the body doesn't react with excessive bowel movements.
  5. Better Vision. More than 9 million people over the age of 40 suffer from macular dgeneration in the eyes according to The National Eye Institute. Figs are a rich source of vitamin A which is believe to help maintain good eyesight.
  6. Possible Benefits in Breast Health. A recent study of more than 50,000 women that were post-menopausal had them increase the amount of fiber such as the type found in figs. The results were a 34 percent reduction in cancer risk over those that had consumed less.
  7. Improve Brain Health. The regular consumption of figs can help alleviate fatigue and improve brain memory function.

Figs are fantastically rich in beta-carotene which is another high-nutrient content and they contain vitamins A, C, E and K in addition to minerals such as calcium, copper, and iron.

There is a rich variety of figs to choose from with the most well known being the Black Mission Fig which is sweet with a dark purple skin. Other fig varieties include Brown Turkey, Adriatic, Calimyrna, and Kadota.

Figs - like all fruits and vegetables - are best in an organic state and may be consumed fresh or dried.

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