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FIGS

Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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.


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.


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.


4.The high calcium content of figs promotes bone density and can guard against osteoporosis, another common female ailment.


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.


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.


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

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