The fig is a spring fruit, fleshy, sweet and without stone that the whole family likes. Like figs it comes from the fig tree. It is ideal thanks to its nutritional properties beneficial to our health.
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What the fig?
The fig and figs are fruits of the fig tree (Ficus carica). In addition, fig trees belong to the Moraceae family.
In this case, we will talk about the figs, which is the predecessor fruit to the fig and which come from the same fruit tree, the fig tree. It is a Spanish tradition to start consuming figs as a prelude to the star dish that is figs.
What is the difference between fig and fig?
These foods come from the same fruit tree, but they have some differences. First we have to know that not all fig trees can bear both fruits. These are forked or reflowering fig trees that are capable of bearing two different types of fruit.
In relation to this sweet fruit, figs are slightly larger and somewhat less sweet. On the contrary, figs are smaller and sweeter.
The Spanish natural season for the breva is during the months of June and July. They are the predecessors and premature brothers of figs. Many fig trees have the ability to produce two crops. First the breva season and later the fig season, which runs from June to October.
You can check the calendar of the fruit season to be able to consume these foods at their most optimal moment. In addition, when they are in season they provide us with more benefits for our health, they have a better aroma and are tastier , among other advantages.
How are figs eaten?
We recommend consuming them fresh and in season to take advantage of all their beneficial nutritional properties for our health.
The most common way to eat the fig is by removing the skin and eating the pulp inside. Better that they are fresh so that they are more tasty.
The figs combine very well with yogurt. Ideal for jam recipes, to accompany meats or to make a fruit smoothie or delicious ice cream.
Properties of the Fig
The figs, like figs, have a large amount of water. In addition, it is rich in carbohydrates such as sucralose, glucose and fructose. It has a high caloric power, although it is also rich in fiber.
Thanks to the fiber it gives us, like figs it is an ideal food for those who have problems with intestinal transit.
It is also rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. As for vitamins, it provides us with provitamin A which is a powerful antioxidant and an essential nutrient for our eye health, for skin and hair, among other benefits.
Average nutritional value per 100 grams of fig
Benefits of Fig
Thanks to the nutritional properties that these foods have, we recommend including them in the diet. It is recommended for pregnant women, children, adolescents and the whole family in general.
It helps the elderly with an extra supply of energy and athletes with a recovery from intense exercise.
1. Antioxidant fruit
Thanks to the nutrients that figs provide us, we find a fruit that is a powerful antioxidant. The high content of provitamin A is characteristic of the breva. It is a powerful antioxidant that converts into Vitamin A when our body needs it.
It helps us neutralize the degenerative action of free radicals. In addition, it is also an ally to reduce the risk of degenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
2. For healthy skin
Thanks to its high content of Vitamin A, it has antioxidant effects that help us maintain radiant skin and healthy, shiny hair.
3. Natural energetic
It gives us natural energy thanks to the high content of carbohydrates that are easily assimilated by our body. Therefore, it is an ideal food that can help people who need an extra supply of energy.
4. Natural laxative
Thanks to the fiber it gives us, it is a natural laxative like plum . It is a very beneficial food as an intestinal regulator.
Also, fiber can soften and add bulk to your stool. As a consequence, it reduces constipation and favors intestinal health.
In addition, it acts as a prebiotic, serving as a nutrient for the healthy bacteria in our intestines.
5. A digestive fruit
They are very easily digested foods so it is ideal for people who suffer from digestive problems to perform better digestion.
6. Lowers blood pressure
Being a fruit rich in potassium, it is ideal for reducing blood pressure in people with hypertension problems.
As demonstrated in this animal study, consumption of figs lowers high blood pressure.
In addition, potassium is a natural nutrient for our nervous system.
7. Ideal for athletes
It is an energy food that also has magnesium. Magnesium can help reduce cramps caused by intense exercise.
8. Helps regulate cholesterol levels
Different studies show that its consumption improves cholesterol and triglyceride levels , when the diet is supplemented with fig leaf extract.
As a Spanish tradition, there cannot be a summer without the transition from fig to fig. The fig trees are preparing for the best that summer gives us, the transition from figs to figs.
We recommend the consumption of both figs and figs, either fresh and raw or in different fruit recipes. The spring fruit of fig trees is a food that, due to its sweet taste and its benefits, must be incorporated into our diet.
My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.