Health Tips1. Figs can be part of almost any special diet, be it low fat, low sodium, high fiber, weight loss, diabetic or even the Mediterranean. They satisfy a sweet tooth without adding any fat. Their unique satiny texture and seeds provide a satisfying mouth feel and crunch. 2. Figs are fat-free, sodium-free and, like other plant foods, cholesterol-free.3. Figs are high in fiber, providing 20% of the Daily Value — more dietary fiber per serving than any other common dried or fresh fruit.4. Of the approximately five grams of fiber per serving of figs, four grams are insoluble and one gram is water-soluble. 5. Figs have the highest overall mineral content of all common fruits. A 40 gram (1 – 4 cup) serving provides 244 mg of potassium (7% of the DV), 53 mg of calcium (6% of the DV) and 1.2 mg of iron (6% of the DV). 6. Figs fit into 5-A-Day – the 40 gram serving is an easy way to add a serving of fruit to reach the daily recommendation of five fruits and vegetables. 7. The antioxidant boost provided by fruit consumption lasts about 2 hours. Which dried fruits are the best? Of the six fruits tested–apricots, cranberries, dates, figs, raisins and plums–shooting to a surprise finish at number one was… figs! Even the high fructose corn syrup in the soda is no match for the antioxidant power of fruit. Despite the double sugar load, subjects washing down their figs with soda still experienced an overall rise in antioxidant levels in their bloodstream. In addition to having the highest antioxidant content among the six fruits tested, of the thousands of whole foods in the USDA nutrient database, figs make the top ten for fiber content.
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