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Get enlightened about figs!

by Neka on December 27, 2012, 3 comments

Looking for a sweet treat that’s both satisfying and low in calories? Follow the ancient remedy for a sweet tooth: the fig.

The Buddha attained enlightenment and discovered the path to ending suffering while sitting under the Bodhi tree, a type of fig tree. A very sweet enlightenment, indeed! To this day, figs can help lessen the suffering in your life through combating cancer, heart disease, and high cholesterol.

Figs are deceptively sweet: despite their luscious flavor, they are actually low in calories and fat. 1 large fig has only 47 calories and 0.2g of fat, less than apples, dried dates or bananas.

Figs are a good food source of vitamins B6, K and E, as well as the minerals manganese and potassium. Dried figs support bone health, lower blood pressure and are high in fiber. They are also rich in iron, which supports brain and muscle function and combats fatigue.

Fresh figs are very rich in the trace minerals manganese and potassium. Manganese is needed for the functioning of healthy bones and the absorption of protein, carbohydrates and cholesterol. Potassium is important for regulating heartbeat, blood pressure and fluid balance in the body.

Few foods are as rich in dietary fiber as figs. Fiber may reduce your risk of developing heart disease, lower blood cholesterol levels and aid in weight management. Fiber is important for an anti-cancer diet and preventative against diabetes type 2.

We at Urban Remedy consider figs to be one of nature’s healthiest forms of indulgence.

Fun fact: While considered a fruit, the fig is actually an inverted flower!

Tip: Make a fig puree as both a sugar and fat substitution. Replace up to half the fat in a recipe with fig puree and reduce or eliminate the sugar called for.

Please post your recipes that use figs or fig puree on our blog or Facebook page. We’d love to see what you create!

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