Are Figs Good for You?
Figs are a fruit that is held in high regard and used in various cuisines and types of cooking — but are figs healthy? We’ve got the full lowdown on its nutritional benefits and why you might want to start incorporating it into your diet.
What are figs?
Figs are a fruit that grow on ficus trees — one of the oldest trees in the world, and one of the first fruits to be cultivated by humans. They’re native to the Middle East and Mediterranean, but they are now grown around the world. Figs are an interesting fruit flavour and texture-wise; they aren’t juicy but the flesh is sweet and somewhat floral, making it a great accompaniment in sweet and savoury dishes.
Do figs have any nutritional value?
Yes, figs are high in a number of important nutrients, including:
- Vitamins A and K, which are antioxidants and important for cell repair
- Very high in fibre — a serving (100g) of dried figs is around 9.2g of fibre
- High in minerals, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium
Are figs good for you?
Figs are great as part of a balanced diet. They are very high in fibre, so they promote good gut health by supporting the good bacteria found in the gut.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.