Figs Bring Health Benefits During National Fig Week

4 November, 2010 (10:09)


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By Rae Udy

What do Texas, the Mediterranean region and northern India have in common? Figs! Fig trees easily grow in our area for the edible fruit we love to eat fresh or dried.
November 1-7 is National Fig Week and the perfect time to learn more about this unusual fruit. Figs have been an important food crop for thousands of years and they are a healthy addition to our diet.
Fresh and dried figs are packed with nutrition. One fresh medium fig, about 2-1/4 inches, contains 37 almost fat-free calories, 1.4g of dietary fiber and 18mg of calcium.
Dried figs are equally nutritious and versatile as well. Each dried fig contains 21 calories, .8g dietary fiber and 14mg of calcium. Dried figs are rich in copper, manganese, potassium and vitamin K.
There are many health benefits associated with eating figs. Figs high fiber content helps healthy bowel function and prevents constipation. The fiber in figs also fills you up and not out to help reduce weight.
Dried figs contain phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
http://library.thinkquest.org/2886/foo.htm
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/fruit/figs/figs.html
http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/professional-and-career-resources/food-associations/dried-fruits-nuts-and-legumes
http://organicfacts.net/healthy-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-figs-oranjeer.html

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