EN on Foods

July 2011 Issue

Figure Figs into a Healthy Diet

Figs grow on the ficus tree (Ficus carica), a member of the mulberry family. Considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower turned into itself, housing the seeds which are actually the real fruit. There are over 150 varieties of this unique fruit that packs the delightful crunch of many tiny seeds within a thick and sweet flesh wrapped in a smooth skin. The fig has both soluble and insoluble fiber; just two medium figs provide 12 percent Daily Value (DV, requirement based on 2,000 calories per day) for dietary fiber, as well as 7 percent DV for potassium, which helps control blood pressure, and 4 percent DV for bone-building calcium.

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