Sunday, June 13, 2010
Health Benefits Of Fig(Angir)
Figs are seasonal fruits that are found in the western parts of Asia. However, dried figs are always available. The figs tree is a member of mulberry family.Figs contain large amounts of fiber, natural sugars, and minerals. They are an excellent source of calcium, potassium,magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. They have a high amount of fiber in comparison with any other fruit or vegetable.
Figs help in preventing constipation and reduce weight due to their high fiber content. Figs contain Pectin, a soluble fiber. When fiber goes through the digestive system, it mops up globes of cholesterol and carries them out of body.Because they are a good source ofpotassium, they are also effective in helping to control blood pressure. Dried figs contain phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-6. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It protects against breast cancer and hypertension and is also good for diabetic patients.Figs are rich in Calcium. Calcium helps to strengthen bones.Figs are also thought of as a medicine which gives strength and energy to long-term patients as they seek to recover.
Figs are sweet and soft and their paste is used as a replacement for sugar. Processed figs are used to make pies, pudding, cakes, other bakery products, jam, jellies and preserves.