Two to three figs (approximately 100 g) provide 10% of the daily requirement of calcium, essential mineral for bones. It also contains 2.3 g of fiber per 100 g, an asset for good transit.
3 good reasons to eat figs
The fig fights against constipation
“It mainly contains insoluble fibers, especially in its skin and seeds,” explains dietitian Véronique Liégeois. The latter soak up water in the digestive tract, they prevent hard and dry stools and facilitate intestinal transit in constipated people. ” The dried figs are even more effective, because richer in fiber and magnesium, also laxative. But they are more caloric: 252 kcal / 100 g. Be careful, they may contain sulphites, allergens!
The fig protects the blood vessels
This fruit contains anthocyanins, pigments that give it its purple color, except for a few white varieties.
“These anthocyanins strengthen the resistance of small blood vessels, and reduce the risk of skin redness,” explains Véronique Liégeois.
Fig improves skin elasticity
It contains flavonoids and selenium which are antioxidants. They act, among other things, on the skin by improving its elasticity and thus giving it more dynamism.
Be careful in case of allergy or irritable bowel!
- If you are allergic to birch: the fig contains peptides which are proteins similar to those of the birch (cross allergy between pollen and food). Eaten raw, the fig can then cause itching or burning sensations in the mouth, lips and throat. It can be eaten cooked, as cooking destroys the allergen.
- If you suffer from irritable bowel or diverticulosis: avoid figs, because their achenes (small grains) are irritating. They can cause abdominal pain …
Buy and store the fig
At the time of purchase, the figs should be fleshy, slightly wrinkled and supple under the finger. Be aware that they no longer ripen after picking. You will find the most beautiful figs until October. From October, you can taste dried figs. The best come from Turkey and are tied with a strand of raffia.
You have the choice between two varieties of figs : juicy and tasty violets (Sollès, Macomb…) and white, less tasty.
Figs will keep for one to two days in the refrigerator, in an airtight box, because they absorb odors.
Cooking the fig and selection of recipes
It’s a easy to cook fruit : there are many rsalty recipes (in salad, with meat), sweet (pies, crumbles), without forgetting the jams and chutneys…
Our healthy recipes with figs
Mediterranean diet recipe: roasted figs with almonds Recipe against hypertension: fig crumble with walnuts Anti-water retention: raspberry smoothie with figs For people prone to heartburn: chia seed pudding with figs
What foods to associate with fig?
– Prunes, rich in antioxidants and fibers, in a compote, ideal for preserving aging cells and fighting constipation.
– Orange, rich in antioxidant vitamin C, goes well with poached fig to make a syrup.
– The walnut, provider of essential omega-3 fatty acids, promotes the absorption of antioxidants from the fig. To cook in a pie for example.