Figs, source of health


It is time for my favorite fruit, the fig. Exquisite and sweet fruit of the fig tree (Ficus carica), a Mediterranean tree par excellence, it has fed us since time immemorial. We can see drawings of its collection in Egyptian temples from 5,000 years ago. In classical Greece, figs were consecrated to Dionysus, god of renewal, and whenever a new city was founded, a fig tree was planted to mark the meeting place of the elders, so it is a tree that is related to wisdom and philosophers. In fact, it was Plato's favorite fruit, who said that figs increase intelligence.

Due to their intense sweet flavor, figs have been used to take them dry or fresh, or cooked to make sauces and desserts. The Romans appreciated them very much in the kitchen. Apart from these culinary qualities, figs are a great food, especially thanks to their high content of carbohydrates (sugars) that provide us with a lot of energy. Surely, for this reason Galen recommended them to the athletes of the Olympic games.

It also stands out for its high content of vegetable fiber, which greatly improves intestinal transit, along with relatively high doses of magnesium, potassium and calcium. The latter, highly indicated to prevent osteoporosis, especially in women after menopause. It also highlights its content in provitamin A, which in the body is converted into vitamin A, very beneficial for vision and skin and mucous membrane formation, stimulating natural defenses and with antioxidant action. Magnesium provides a mild laxative effect, in addition to having a stimulating effect on the immune system.

Knowing this, who can resist this delicious summer fruit?

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