FRESH AND DRIED FIGS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN OUR STORES IN AUGUST 2020
What are Dried Figs?
Dried figs are the dried forms of the fig fruit, which grows on the fig tree, scientifically known as Ficus carica. While fresh figs are quite popular for their juicy, luscious texture, they are rather delicate fruits and are only available for a short time each year. Fresh figs are only good for 1-2 weeks after they are harvested, and are best consumed within a few days.
Dried figs, on the other hand, can be savored throughout the year. They are also readily available in many parts of the world and have a much longer shelf life than fresh figs. This is a Middle Eastern fruit but is now widely exported to the rest of the world. Dried figs are made by either drying in the sun, or through a dehydration process to remove excess water, leaving behind a fiber-rich, nutrient-dense snack.
Dried Figs Nutrition
Dried figs contain an impressive nutritional range, including high levels of protein, carbohydrates, calcium, vitamin K, potassium, iron, and magnesium. In terms of dietary fiber, dried figs have a higher content than any other fruit. A 1/2 cup of these figs, which is about 9 dried fruits, contains just under 200 calories and has almost no fat content. These dried fruits also offer various antioxidants and active ingredients to further boost your health. There are also trace amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, glutamic acid, and linoleic acid.
Dried Figs Benefits
The most important health benefits of dried figs include its ability to strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, optimize digestion, aid in weight loss, and regulate diabetic symptoms, among others.
With a good amount of vitamin E, vitamin C, and calcium, these dried fruits can give your skin a much-needed boost. These active ingredients can work as antioxidants to clear out free radicals and prevent them from causing oxidative stress, which leads to wrinkles, age spots, and other blemishes. It can also improve skin elasticity, to keep you looking younger for longer.
Fresh vs. Dried Figs
Fresh or dried, figs are a powerhouse of nutrition. These naturally sweet fruits boast large amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and fiber. They're also packed with quercetin, kaempferol, epicatechin gallate and other powerful antioxidants. Despite their high sugar content, they support health and may even aid in weight loss.
This superfood comes in different varieties, colors and sizes. Kadota figs, Sierra figs and black mission figs are among the most popular. Dried figs contain less water, so they're more concentrated in calories, sugar and nutrients. One cup, which has about 149 grams, provides:
- 371 calories
- 2 grams of carbs
- 4 grams of sugars
- 6 grams of fiber
- 9 grams of protein
- 4 grams of fat
- 24 percent of the daily value (DV) of calcium
- 38 percent of the DV of manganese
- 29 percent of the DV of potassium
- 25 percent of the DV of magnesium
- 29 percent of the DV of vitamin K
- 3 percent of the DV of vitamin C
The same amount of fresh figs has approximately 111 calories, 1.2 grams of protein, 0.3 gram of fat and 28.8 grams of carbs, including 24.3 grams of sugars and 4.2 grams of fiber. They're lower in vitamins and minerals than dried figs, but they also boast fewer calories. When it comes to dates vs. figs, the latter are lower in calories and carbs. One cup of dates contains 415 calories and 110.2 grams of carbs, including 93.1 grams of sugars, which is a lot more compared to dried figs.
Common figs grow on the ficus tree (ficus carica), which is a member of the mulberry family. Originally from Western Asia and the Middle East, they’re now grown in temperate climates around the world.
Figs can be consumed either raw or dried, which affects the nutritional value. Thus, 100 grams of raw figs nutrition contains about: (1) fresh figs
- 74 calories
- 19 grams carbohydrates
- 0.7 gram protein
- 0.3 gram fat
- 3 grams fiber
- 232 milligrams potassium (7 percent DV)
- o.1 milligram manganese (6 percent DV)
- 4.7 micrograms vitamin K (6 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram vitamin B6 (6 percent DV)
- 17 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV)
- 35 milligrams calcium (4 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram thiamine (4 percent DV)
- 142 IU vitamin A (3 percent DV)
- 2 milligrams vitamin C (3 percent DV)
When dried, the health benefits of figs increase — thus, 100 grams of dried figs nutrition contains about: (2) dried figs
- 249 calories
- 63.9 grams carbohydrates
- 3.3 grams protein
- 0.9 gram fat
- 9.8 grams fiber
- 0.5 milligram manganese (26 percent DV)
- 15.6 micrograms vitamin K (19 percent DV)
- 680 milligrams potassium (19 percent DV)
- 68 milligrams magnesium (17 percent DV)
- 162 milligrams calcium (16 percent DV)
- 0.3 milligrams copper (14 percent DV)
- 2 milligrams iron (11 percent DV)
- 67 milligrams phosphorus (7 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (6 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligrams thiamine (6 percent DV)
- 0.1 mg riboflavin (5 percent DV)
- 0.5 milligram zinc (4 percent DV)
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