I was so excited the other day when I was walking through the produce section of New Seasons and saw the lush, ripe baskets of figs. I had been noticing the trees in my neighborhood are loaded with this delicious fruit but none of them have been ripe. Every year during fig season, I gorge myself on these tasty treats and comfort myself about my indulgence by reminding myself about all of their health benefits.
Figs are loaded with regularity producing fiber. A single serving of three large figs gives you 6 grams of fiber to help keep your digestive system humming. This high fiber content is also important in lowering your cholesterol. A type of fiber found in figs, pectin, latches on to artery clogging cholesterol, sweeping it out of your body.
Figs are also high in calcium to strengthen your bones and teeth. Calcium is also important in maintaining a regular heartbeat, muscle contraction and blood clotting.
Figs high potassium count helps to regulate sugar and blood pressure. One serving of figs gives you about 10% of your daily potassium needs.
During this time of the pandemic, figs can be an important tool to strengthen your immune system. Figs are high in Vitamin A which is important for helping your body produce white blood cells. Vitamin A is also important for skin health, the first line of defense in your immune system.
Given all these amazing health benefits, how do you want to enjoy figs?
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