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Nutritionist named the most useful properties of figs

Iryna MelnichenkoLS Food
Ripe figs
Ripe figs. Source: pixabay.com

Figs are a delicious autumn fruit that is very beneficial for the body, as they contain many trace elements, such as carotene, pectin, iron, and copper. But do not forget that it contains a lot of sugar – 71%, so people with diabetes should avoid figs.

Nutritionist Natalia Samoilenko wrote about the most beneficial properties of figs on her Instagram page.

The benefits of figs

To begin with, we note that one small fresh fig (40 g) contains:

Copper (3% of the daily requirement), magnesium (2%), potassium (2%), vitamin B2 (2%), B1 (2%), B6 (3%), vitamin K (2%), as well as iron and calcium.

Carbohydrates – 8 g

Fiber – 1 g

Useful properties:

Figs have a lot of sugar in them

1. Helps lower blood pressure

Figs help regulate the balance between potassium and sodium because they are quite rich in the former. In addition, the fiber can help eliminate excess sodium.

2. Affects bone density

Figs contain both calcium and potassium. These micronutrients cooperate and improve the mineral structure of bones.

3. Antioxidant activity

Who is fig good for

Correlates with the amount of phenolic compounds. Dark figs have more of them than light ones. In the skin more than in the pulp.

But do not forget that in some people, figs can cause an allergic reaction, in the form of a burning tongue.

The expert advises eating this exotic fruit very moderately and preferably without the skin.

Figs are best eaten without peel
Sometimes people complain of a burning tongue after eating a large amount of figs. This reaction is due to the molecule phycine, a proteolytic enzyme (that breaks down proteins). To avoid such a nonspecific "burn", use a spoon to remove the inside part separately from the skin, which contains more ficin.

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