FoodWe are in need of a dietary change: Two dried figs a day for an essential health boost

We are in need of a dietary change: Two dried figs a day for an essential health boost

Dried figs - why is it worth eating them?
Dried figs - why is it worth eating them?
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9:32 AM EST, January 22, 2024

Fossilized fig seeds found during Middle Eastern excavations reveal that this delicious fruit was enjoyed as far back as 5,000 years. Fig trees were also grown and highly valued in ancient Rome and Greece. This millennial tradition endures, but we haven't fully recognized its worth. Here's why we should change that.

Eating two figs a day is enough

Although fresh figs are less accessible in the U.S. than in Middle Eastern countries, their availability is increasing alongside the industry's evolution. Despite this, in the U.S., we most frequently consume dried figs, which is a perfectly acceptable alternative. Dried figs contain numerous health-enhancing compounds that significantly influence the functions of the human body.

Dried figs offer a source of vitamins A, K, and B, primarily thiamine and niacin. They are also rich in minerals, such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and copper, with multiple positive health implications. Notably, dried figs have a glycemic index of 62 (and fresh ones 55), making them suitable for consumption by people with diabetes.

Apart from the apparent benefits derived from their vitamin and mineral content, figs are known for their positive impact on digestion. They support intestinal function, and their high dietary fiber content keeps you full and satisfied for extended periods. Furthermore, figs:

  • Lower blood pressure and levels of harmful cholesterol,
  • Aid muscle functioning and contribute to maintaining healthy bones and teeth,
  • Protect the eyesight and promote healthy skin conditions.
Both fresh and dried figs are very healthy!
Both fresh and dried figs are very healthy!© Canva | Wiktory

Experts suggest that consuming just two figs a day can lead to significant improvements in bodily functions within a week. However, it's important to note that overindulging may cause diarrhea, and individuals with diabetes should seek medical advice before making dietary changes.

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