Figs are the fruit of the ficus tree, which is part of the mulberry family (Moraceae). Figs have a unique, sweet taste, soft and chewy texture and are littered with slightly crunchy, edible seeds. Fresh figs are delicate and perishable, so are often dried to preserve. This produces a sweet and nutritious dried fruit that can be enjoyed all year round.
Figs are high in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fiber . Figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness.
Fresh or dried, figs are a significant source of both types of dietary fiber. Their soluble fiber contributes to satiety and promotes healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, while their insoluble fiber supports efficient digestion and bowel regularity. The potassium in figs helps keep fluids and minerals balanced in and around cells and throughout your body, which is essential to normal nerve, muscle and heart function. Figs are an excellent source of readily available energy, since most of their calories come from simple sugars. These sugars are naturally occurring, however, and the soluble fiber they come packaged with helps slow the rate at which they’re released into your bloodstream.
High in Fiber
A 1/2-cup serving of dried figs contains 7.3 g of fiber. Including more fiber in your diet can help lower your risk of chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes. Dried figs contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber slows digestion for appetite and blood sugar control and also helps lower blood cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stool, improving bowel function. According to the Institute of Medicine, healthy adult women need 25 grams of fiber a day, and adult men need 38 grams.