Sweet, soft and crunchy, figs – native to central Asia and the Mediterranean region – belong to the mulberry family. Also known as anjeer, figs can be eaten peeled or unpeeled, depending on the thickness of the skin. Fresh figs tend to rot fast, so dried figs are more common. Minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron and copper, and vitamins A, E and K constitute this nutrient-rich fruit, among others. Here's a quick fact file of the flavoursome fruit that figs are:
- Figs are high in natural sugars and are also used as a substitute for artificial sweeteners.
- They contain probiotics that help improve digestion.
- Figs are a great natural laxative as well, as they are high in fiber content and are ideal for those looking to lose weight.
- They help heal sore throats because of the high mucilage content they have. The soothing nature of figs and their natural juices further relieves pain and strain on the vocal chords.
- Rich in calcium, they help in strengthening bones, and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Figs are also rich in phosphorus, which aids bone formation and spurs regrowth in case of bone damage or degradation.
- Figs are high in potassium and low in sodium, which makes them the perfect defense against hypertension, making them a relaxing food as well, which can soothe the nerves and help you keep calm.
The goodness in figs is abundant. Dried or fresh (or in the form of a yummy jam), this fruit ought to be a regular in your diet!