Nutrition

3 reasons to eat more figs

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Nutrition

3 reasons to eat more figs

Figs offer a succulent fruity flavour and high nutrient concentration, making them a must-have item on your next grocery list. Bursting with all sorts of vitamins and minerals, the regular consumption of figs can help combat high blood pressure and heart disease, and can also maintain healthy skin.

Here are three great reasons to eat more figs:

1. They’re nutrient-packed powerhouses.
Fresh and dried figs contain magnesium, manganese and vitamin B6. Dried figs also have high amounts of calcium and iron.

2. They combat heart disease.
Figs contain potassium and fibre, two key players in helping reduce risk factors that lead to heart disease. Potassium is an important mineral that helps prevent and treat high blood pressure. Fibre helps lower cholesterol levels: You’ll find three grams of fibre in four dried or two fresh figs.

3. They boast an abundance of antioxidants.
Figs are dense with antioxidants, which help ward off cellular damage. Dried figs have the most antioxidants, followed by ripe fresh figs.

Be sure to try out some of our delicious mushroom recipes:
Balsamic-Glazed Figs
Grilled Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto
Figs Poached in Spiced Red Wine with Mascarpone




This story was originally titled "Why We Love Figs" in the December 2012 issue.

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