Are Figs the Next Great Superfood?


Greek figs have many surprising health benefits.


Of all the Mediterranean foods available at the grocery store, I feel like figs are the most under-rated. I am always looking for new ways to add healthy nutrients into my family’s diet, and lately I’ve discovered just how good for you, figs really are.

In ancient Greece, figs were an integral part of the daily diet. They are incredibly rich in fiber, calcium, and potassium. Just a half cup of figs provides 300 mg of fiber, and they can be enjoyed either fresh or dry. You can also mix them with all kinds of other foods like dried fruits, nuts, and spices, so they are pretty easy to add into your diet.

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Here are a few reasons that figs may be the world’s next great superfood:

The high fiber content and natural presence of Vitamin B promote healthy bowel functions and intestinal regulation.

From a mineral perspective, figs contain twice as much calcium as cow’s milk.

The potassium in figs helps regulate blood pressure.

Dried figs are rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron.

Figs contain pectin, which helps reduce cholesterol.

Figs also rank among foods with the highest alkaline content, which helps balance pH levels in your body.

So the moral of the story is, add figs to your grocery list. Your body will thank you.


Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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