Indians and their love for dry fruits is beyond definition. Right from gravies to desserts, from breakfast to snacks and from snacks to dinner, Indian meals are simply incomplete without a variety of dry fruits. What makes this delicious bond even more strong is the enormous health benefits these dry fruits offer, especially figs are unique in that they have and opening, called the “ostiole” or “eye,” which is not connected to the tree. Figs range dramatically in color and subtly in texture depending upon the variety
Figs can be eaten either fresh or dry and has a sweet taste and variety of health benefits that it provides. The high amount of calcium, iron and potassium present in it along with the high amount of fiber and low fat makes it a healthy food to include in your diet which can be eaten alone or mixed in yogurt, salad and toppings on cereals and oatmeal.
Helps in weight management: Moderate amount of figs can help in controlling weight. They are rich in fiber, and therefore dietitians suggest that eating figs is a good way to keep junk and fried foods at bay. When in the mood for a light snack, pick figs and they will make you feel full, at the same time, but in a healthy way.
Controls blood pressure and ageing: Figs are rich in potassium, which negates the effect of sodium and helps in controlling blood pressure. They can also help in controlling ageing effects by providing you enough iron, estrogen, etc. This keeps your hormones in check and boosts your energy as well. Figs are also great for skin and hair and nails. Mashed figs applied on the face can prevent acne.
Controls blood sugar: The chlorogenic acid present in figs helps in reducing blood sugar levels in diabetics. Potassium which is found in abundance in figs also plays a good role in control of blood sugar levels.
Prevent kidney stones: Boil some figs in water and once cool, this water can be consumed for a few days to prevent kidney stones.
Strengthens Bones It is often seen that despite eating wholesome meals, there are several deficiencies that pop up from time to time. And the best way to include the essential vitamins and minerals in your diet is by adding figs to your daily menu. Figs are loaded with calcium and even small quantities can strengthen your immunity.