The star nutritionist knows all about the benefits of figs:
In August, the fig season is in full swing. Yes, this is not a local product, but why not try to diversify and supplement your diet with such a nutritious and exotic fruit? Before fat demonization declined and sugar consumption instead increased exponentially, figs were commonly used as a sweetener.
One small fresh fig (40 g) contains:
• Copper (3% of daily requirement), magnesium (2%), potassium (2%), vitamin B2 (2%), B1 (2%), B6 (3%), vitamin K (2%)
• Iron, calcium
• Carbohydrates – 8 g
• Fiber – 1 g
Let’s talk about the benefits of fresh fruit, because dried concentrates a large amount of sugar, and in this case, without restriction, you can get more harm than good.
1. Helps reduce pressure.
Figs help regulate the balance between potassium and sodium, and this is very important because many of us use excessive amounts of salt in our daily diet. In addition, the fiber in the contents can help remove excess potassium.
2. Improves digestion.
If you suffer from constipation, figs will come in handy on the way to regularity. This is facilitated by fiber and prebiotic properties (food for bacteria that inhabit the intestine).
3. Affects bone density.
Figs contain both calcium and potassium. These micronutrients “cooperate” and improve bone mineral structure.
4. Antioxidant activity.
Correlates with the number of phenolic compounds. Dark figs have more of them than light ones, and there are more of them in the skin than in the flesh.
Be careful, an allergic reaction is possible! If not direct – for the use of figs, then cross (if you react to birch pollen). Sometimes people complain of burning of the tongue after eating large amounts of figs. This reaction occurs through a molecule of ficin – a proteolytic enzyme (breaks down proteins).
To avoid such a non-specific “burn”, remove the inner part with a spoon separately from the skin, which contains more phycin. Add figs to your diet as a snack, but remember that measure is the first step to health and longevity.