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Eating for Your Health: Figs

Eating for Your Health:  Figs

I just love figs.  My parents have a tree, and I anxiously await their arrival every year.  And, since it is about that time I decided it would be great to find out what their health benefits are.   Figs are high in fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, copper, manganese, and pantothenic acid, and calcium.  The may help control high blood pressure, reduce the risk of prostate, breast, and colon cancers, and protect your eyes against macular degeneration.  And, that is just the fruit.

Now if you are anything like me, you are wondering what I meant by that is just the fruit.  I mean fruit is what a fig is, right?  Well, yes, but you can also eat the leaves, which have some amazing benefits of their own.  Now, I have to be honest with you, I did not know this until I did this research, and I have never eaten fig leaves.  But, I have a little fig tree that is only going to produce a few figs this year, and I am thinking I might try this.  Fig leaves can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetics, reduce triglycerides, and prevent cancer.  With a diabetic in the house, and fig leaves in the back yard, this is something I just have to try!

 

Find outstanding fig recipes at CookNGuide.com by Daily Dish Magazine! 

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Grilled Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs With A Balsamic Reduction Sauce : Fig Recipes

 And MORE like Fig Cookies, Smoothies, Jams and Salads!

 

 Sources:  The World’s Healthiest Foods

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From Calculus to Cupcakes

I am a Calculus teacher who just happens to love to cook and blog about it.

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