What are Figs ?
Updated: Dec 21, 2019
Fig is a source of fruit with full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. It is the fruit of the fig tree (Ficus), which is a member of the mulberry family, usually found in Asia. In India, the fruit is called anjeer. They can be eaten fresh or dried, and used in jam-making. Most commercial production is in dried or otherwise processed forms, since the ripe fruit does not transport well, and once picked does not keep well. Fresh figs are delicate and perishable, so are often dried to preserve them.
The edible fig is one of the first plants that was cultivated by humans and were widespread in ancient Greece. Fresh figs are in season from August through to early October. But dried Figs produces a sweet and nutritious fruit that can be enjoyed all year round. Fresh figs used in cooking should be plump and soft, and without bruising or splits. They are most flavourful at room temperature.
Raw figs are a good source (14% of the Daily Value, DV) of dietary fiber per 100-gram serving (74 calories), but otherwise do not supply essential nutrients in significant. In a 100-gram serving providing 229 calories, dried figs are a rich source (more than 20% DV) of dietary fiber and the essential mineral, manganese (26% DV), while several other dietary minerals are in moderate-to-low content.
According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the fruit, particularly dried, should be added in the regular diet due to high levels of phenol antioxidants, fibre, and nutrients. This fibre helps reduce weight and is often recommended for obese people. According to a study by Journal of the American College of Nutrition, dried fruits, especially figs, are a convenient and superior source of nutrients. However, their high-calorie count can also result in weight gain. A few figs are adequate to get the recommended amount of nutrients. Figs reduces your blood pressure while relaxing, settling the nerves, and bring some calmness to your day. Studies say that figs are rich in calcium, which is one of the most important components in strengthening bones. Also rich in flavonoids and polyphenols, which are antioxidants that prevent the damage caused by free radicals. They have a high level of alkanes and therefore, help regulate the pH of the body. The fruits are used to treat a number of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Eating too many figs can cause diarrhea. Furthermore, dried forms are high in sugar and can potentially cause tooth decay. It is best not to consume this fruit in excess in the first few weeks leading up to surgery because they can occasionally cause bleeding in the digestive tract in sensitive people.