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    Figs (Anjeer) are seasonal fruits that are found in the western parts of Asia. However, dried figs are always available. Health benefits of figs can be attributed to the presence of minerals, vitamins and fibre in them. Figs contain vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium and chlorine.

    Figs help in healthy bowel function and prevent constipation. The fiber in figs also helps to reduce weight and is recommended for obese people. Figs also result in weight gain, when consumed with milk. Fig leaves reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetic patients who have to take insulin injection. Fig is rich in Potassium. Potassium helps to control blood sugar. Fig leaves have anti-diabetic properties. Figs are rich in Calcium. Calcium helps to strengthen bones. Relief for throat: The high mucilage content in figs, helps to heal and protect sore throats.

    How can you enjoy the benefits of Figs?

    • Add fresh figs in salads.
    • Dried figs can be used in muffins, cakes and muesli bars.
    • Fresh dried fruits can be used in porridge, oatmeal or breakfast cereals.
    • Have in dried form (dry fruit) or you can also stuff with nuts and honey.
    • Stewed dried fig juices can be added to other dried fruits to make delicious fruit salads.
    • It can be used in various appetizer and desserts.
    • Processed figs can be used to make pies, pudding, jam and jellies.

    Fig is considered as a restorative food, since it helps people to recover from prolonged illness. However, excessive use of figs can cause diarrhea. Good amount of oxalates are present in figs and so you may need to avoid its consumption if you are suffering from kidney or gall bladder diseases.