Figs are the fruit of the ficus tree which is part of the mulberry family. Commercially sold figs ar the fruit of the tree called ‘Ficus carica’ also known as common fig and is grown from Turkey, Middle East to northern parts of India. California is also now a major producer of Figs. Figs have a unique texture and are abundantly littered with small seeds which gives a crunchy feeling when eaten. Figs can be eaten when ripe but are often dried and preserved. Dried Figs (Anjeer) are not only healthy, they can also help to satiate one’s craving for something sweet. A great source of fiber and full of vitamins and minerals, Dried Figs are healthy and versatile ingredient that can add a dash of sweetness to several types of dishes.

Dried Figs (Anjeer)
Dried Figs

Nutritional Information: Dried Figs (Anjeer) 100 g 

Calories 209
Carbohydrates 303
Protein 3.3 g
Fat 1.5 g
Fibre 9.2 g

Health Benefits of Dried Figs (Anjeer)

Natural Laxative & Good for Digestive System:
The high fiber content in dried Figs is good for the digestive system and due to this fiber content Figs promote bowel function are helpful to alleviate constipation.

Good for Bones: Dried Figs are quite rich in calcium and 100-gram serving of dry figs provides about 160 mg of calcium. Apart from Calcium which plays an important role in bone density, figs are also high in potassium which helps to counteract the ill effect of urinary excretion of calcium due to diets high in salt. This preserves the calcium in bones and reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis . Figs also contain Magnesium which together with calcium is helpful in  higher bone mineral density, which lessens the risk of bone fractures.

Lower Blood Pressure: Figs have a low sodium content and a high potassium content and are thus known to have a positive impact on lowering the blood pressure.

Cough & Mucus: A brew made from simmering and cooking dried figs in water is said to helpful in relieving relieve dry cough as it helps to get rid of excess mucus. Figs have a high mucilage content They contain large amounts of mucilage, which is considered as an effective sore throat remedy.

Good for Heart: Figs contain phenol, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are known to  lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels  and thus reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Safety:

High Oxalate Content: Hence Figs should be taken in moderation esp. by those who are at risk of developing kidney stones made from calcium oxalate.

Diabetes: While high fiber conet of Figs is helpful in conditions like Diabetes, dry figs have high Glycemic Load which can can quickly raise blood sugar levels and should be taken in moderation by Diabetics.


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