Ripe figs are a very tasty and healthy product, but, unfortunately, they have very delicate fruits and are very difficult to transport. That is why, when sent to other countries, the fruits of the fig tree are often ripened unripe so that they ripen on the way and do not have time to be damaged much. However, because of this, the concentration of beneficial vitamins and minerals in figs is significantly reduced, but it is completely preserved in dried fruits. The advantages of a dry product are obvious: it is stored for a long time, it is easy to transport, and it is extremely useful.
The birthplace of figs is southwestern Asia, and the tree on which the fruit grows is called the fig tree. Fresh fruits are somewhat reminiscent of a pear; they have colors ranging from light yellow to saturated purple, depending on the variety. Fresh fruits taste sweetly sweet, but very healthy, contain a huge amount of vitamins and minerals. Dried figs are transported to us mainly from Turkey, Armenia and Uzbekistan. Now almost everyone knows that in any form it is very useful. In fact, humanity has been aware of this for many years, starting from the time of Ancient Greece, where figs, especially in dried form, were considered an exquisite delicacy and were regularly consumed. He was so appreciated that in cases where they tried to take him to other countries, smugglers were sent to prison. Even Avicenna, the most famous physician of antiquity, strongly recommended regular use of it in fresh or dried form to support health. In addition, he believed that the fruit would be a good help in the fight against malaria, tumors, fever and even leprosy.
You should not think that figs are always the same. In fact, the species of this plant, and hence the fruits, in the world there are about 150 species. For example, the darker the skin of a fruit, the more antioxidants it contains. It is believed that it is thanks to these antioxidants that regular consumption of figs significantly reduces the risk of developing breast cancer, especially for those women who have already crossed the threshold of menopause. Among other things, it is used to create drugs, but not only its fruits, but also leaves and roots.
Dried figs, like fresh ones, have a good effect on intestinal motility, allowing you to gently get rid of constipation. In addition, due to some laxative effect, it allows you to quickly rid the body of toxins and harmful wastes.
Figs are very useful for those people who suffer from anemia. In addition, it is proved that regular use of it in any form helps to significantly reduce tachycardia, improves the state of the heart muscle and vascular tone.
Due to the high concentration of B vitamins, it also helps the normal activity of the nervous system, stimulates the restoration of nerve cells, supports a normal mental state and a good mood in general. Regular use of figs can significantly improve mental activity, increase stress resistance.
Dried figs during pregnancy
Naturally, during pregnancy, every woman very clearly monitors her diet so as not to harm the baby. Given how much benefit dried dried figs are, it is highly recommended that pregnant women include it in their diet. There are no restrictions: pregnant women can use it both in fresh and dried form, as they like more.
The substances contained in the fruits of the fig tree stimulate wound healing and restoration of connective tissue in the body as a whole. Antioxidants, which are quite a lot in figs, help cleanse blood vessels, normalize blood cholesterol and improve the state of the cardiovascular system as a whole. Very useful for the circulatory system, including potassium, magnesium and iron: they stimulate the creation of blood cells, increase hemoglobin levels.
|Calorie content||257 kcal|
|PP (NE)||1.2 mg|
|E (TE)||0.3 mg|
|A (RE)||13 mcg|
|Beta carotene||0.078 mg|
|AT 2||0.09 mg|
|IN 1||0.07 mg|
|Alimentary fiber||18.2 g|
|Saturated Fatty Acids||0.2 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids||0.2 g|
|Organic acids||2 g|
Dried figs contain a fairly high concentration of calories, 256 calories per 100 grams of finished product. Therefore, they should not be carried away by those people who monitor their diet, lose weight on their own or for medical reasons. However, the opposite is also true: for people who suffer from reduced body weight and are trying to gain weight, dried figs will be exclusively beneficial, as this is not only a high-calorie, but very natural and healthy product that will help you gain weight imperceptibly and gradually, while maintaining the optimal level of vitamins and minerals in the body. For the same reason, it is often recommended to use it to people who are recovering from surgery or illness.
How to choose
It is quite natural that in order to protect dried fruits during transportation, manufacturers process them with various chemicals. That is why you need to be very careful about the choice of what you are going to eat.
Quality dried figs should be light beige in color, which can range from cream to light brown. All fruits must be necessarily the same size, not too dried to the touch and uniform in color. If the fruits are slightly flattened, this speaks only in their favor. Do not be afraid of white plaque on dried fig fruits, it's just glucose, which after heat treatment of the fruits remains on the surface. It is important to remember that the taste of the fruit should not contain sour or salty notes, and you should not choose figs that are too dry or rough to the touch. This suggests that its shelf life has long expired.
Recipes for treatment
Figs can be used to fight cough: for this, dried fruits are boiled for some time in milk, and a little is drunk every day. This is an excellent remedy for many diseases that are accompanied by dry or wet cough, including tonsillitis, pneumonia or whooping cough.
In addition to these useful properties, a decoction of figs in milk also helps to lower body temperature, which is very important if the patient suffers from fever.
Fig broth on milk
To prepare a decoction in milk from figs, which helps to fight cough and lower the temperature, you will need:
- a tablespoon of dried figs;
- liter of milk.
Dried figs need to be cut into small pieces, so it will be boiled out as much as possible and give milk all its useful properties. Just add the figs to the milk and then boil it, reduce the heat and thus simmer another 10 minutes. After cooling, the resulting broth should be well filtered or squeezed to remove pieces of figs. Such a decoction can be drunk about half a glass three or four times a day.
From whooping cough
For the treatment of chronic cough or whooping cough, a higher concentration of figs in milk is used: for this, add two tablespoons of it in a crushed form to about a glass of milk, and repeat the digestion procedure.
After preparing the broth, do not throw away the figs, which have given part of their benefits to milk. These crushed fruits can be used to help the skin with pustular diseases: for this it is enough to simply make compresses from this fig to significantly improve the condition.
From kidney stones
Figs are even used for complex treatment of kidney stones. To do this, take 5 fig fruits, add 500 ml of hot water, and boil the resulting mixture for several minutes. Then it is necessary to crush it well, and take between the main meals a few teaspoons. It is believed that this contributes to the fragmentation of kidney stones and their natural and gentle excretion from the body.
Despite all the useful properties of figs, even this product has harm and certain contraindications for use. For example, it is contraindicated for diabetics, since it contains a high concentration of sugar, which leads to a sharp jump in blood sugar. Due to the oxalic acid contained in the fig, it should be avoided by people who suffer from gout, since oxalic acid can only aggravate the condition. It should also be avoided by people with acute diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, since the fiber contained in it is digested for a long time and can cause serious problems.
The useful properties of dried figs are significantly different from what ripe fruits can offer you, but this does not mean that you need to bypass dried foods. The main problem of dried figs is that in it the water content is significantly reduced, and at the same time, the sugar concentration per 1 kg of product increases significantly. That is why the use of dried figs should be approached very carefully, because at the same weight it contains much more sugar, and, accordingly, kilocalories than fresh fruits. On the other hand, the amount of vitamins and minerals remains the same: potassium and phosphorus, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium.