Plump, tender, delicate and sexy, the humble fig should be a part of every woman’s diet not only because of its high nutritional content but also for its powerful balancing effects on the female body system.
Figs are an ancient fruit; they originated in the Middle East, are mentioned in the Bible, and were hailed by Plato as an important food for athletes. Now available worldwide, figs are finally being recognized as the important female fruit they are, and not just for their sensuous curves, sweet taste, and delectable nature.
BENEFITS OF FIGS FOR FEMALE HEALTH
You may only think of figs in “Newton” form, but figs are a super food that is a powerful tool for female health. Fresh figs and indeed all fruit should be an integral part of every human’s diet, but figs are especially potent in nutrients and minerals that help balance the woman’s body and mind. Figs possess many characteristics that make them an important addition to the female diet. Here some health benefits of figs:
BENEFITS OF FIGS #1:
Figs are a fantastic source of vitamin B6. B6 is responsible for producing mood-boosting serotonin, lowering cholesterol and preventing water retention, all characteristics that help balance the moods of a menstruating woman. Also, hormonal forms of birth control (such as the pill or the patch) deplete vitamin B6, so those using this method of birth control should try to eat more foods that are rich in B6- like figs.
BENEFITS OF FIGS #2:
Figs are very high in dietary fiber, which makes them an ideal weight-loss aid. Fiber creates a feeling of satiety, or fullness, which means that you will feel more full and eat less. Fiber also regulates the digestive system and alleviates the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a common female ailment.
BENEFITS OF FIGS #3:
Fruit fiber from figs and other fruits has been shown to help prevent breast cancer in pre-menopausal women and also protects against age-related macular generation that leads to vision loss.
BENEFITS OF FIGS #4:
The high calcium content of figs promotes bone density and can guard against osteoporosis, another common female ailment.
BENEFITS OF FIGS #5:
Figs are one of the most alkaline fruits; alkalized foods and water are important for a balanced system since most of us consume a highly acidic diet in an acidic environment.
BENEFITS OF FIGS #6:
One serving of figs (three large figs) provides 14% of your daily value of manganese, a very important trace mineral that most women are severely lacking in their diets.
BENEFITS OF FIGS #7:
Figs are an excellent source of potassium, a necessary mineral for the active woman to insure than her muscles work well and are cramp-free.
HOW TO ADD FIGS INTO YOUR DIET
Besides all of the health benefits, figs are also delicious with a unique texture, sweet taste, and crunchy little seeds. It is easy to incorporate figs into your diet:
Dried figs are readily available and easy to store, but make sure you choose ones that are sulfite-free otherwise you will negate the fruit’s positive health characteristics by consuming sulfites.
Choose fresh figs that are tender, plump and bruise-free, and wash them only right before you eat them.
Add fresh or dried figs to oatmeal or any other whole grain breakfast porridge.
Fresh figs stuffed with goat cheese and chopped almonds make fabulous hors d'oeuvres.
Add figs to baked goods like muffins and scones.
Poach figs in red wine or fruit juice and serve over Greek yogurt with a sprinkling of sliced almonds.
Add chopped figs to rice or couscous dishes.
Enjoy figs alone and savor their taste, texture and shape
Shilo Urban is a freelance writer who has just relocated to Los Angeles after her previous homes of Seattle, New Zealand, Paris, Maine, and Austin. She is an active member of the West Coast electronic music community and lives to promote the art that she loves and the people who create it.