What happens to the body when you eat figs
The season of figs has come – the fruit of beauty and harmony. Why is he considered so? What is useful, and how is it eaten?
Tart fig (aka fig or fig tree) is the same favorite of ancient myths and legends as brave heroes, gods or beautiful muses. The legendary fruit is first mentioned in Egyptian papyri dating back to 2700 BC as a vital fruit. Fig lover Socrates believed that in the human body, sweet fibers attract beneficial elements and repel harmful ones. And the therapist Galen developed a special diet based on the paradise fruit for Olympic athletes. In his opinion, this is one of the best sources of energy that can quickly restore strength, relieve overwork and overload. So, figs: useful properties and contraindications.
FIGS FOR LONGEVITY
Another great doctor – Avicenna – believed that the older you get, the more figs should be in the diet. Today’s research has confirmed: among the active components of the fig – enzymes that stimulate digestion, antibacterial substances, fiber and the treasured combination of 11 vitamins, 14 minerals and 14 amino acids involved in building protein. In terms of calcium, it is slightly inferior to nuts, but it has more iron than apples. Figs also contain benzaldehyde, which blocks the reproduction of cancer cells and slows down the age-related destruction of the retina.
FIGS FOR SLIMMING
Useful properties of figs for women extend to the figure. This Mediterranean fruit is among the leaders in the content of potassium, which removes excess fluid from the body. The sugary fruit perfectly controls appetite and suppresses hunger for a long time. And the small grains in its pulp stimulate the intestines and help to lose weight. If you want to enhance the “slender” effect, add figs to the evening menu or eat them instead of dinner. Another useful option is to replace dessert with a sweet fruit.
Unfortunately, the tasty fruit (especially in its dried version) has a number of contraindications. It is not recommended for people with diabetes, obesity, metabolic disorders or bowel disease.
FRUIT SALAD WITH FIGS
Time: 5 minutes
2 cups pitted watermelon, cut into cubes
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
4 fresh figs, cut into wedges
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp. spoons of balsamic vinegar
- Put the watermelon on a dish; Spread the onions evenly over the top.
- Arrange fig slices and sprinkle with cheese.
- Combine oil, juice and honey, mix with a whisk. Pour the salad with the resulting oil; sprinkle it with mint and basil. Season with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
SPICY DESSERT WITH PEACH, FIGS AND SPICES
Time: 20 minutes
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
4 large ripe peaches, halved, pit removed
8 ripe figs, cut in half
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup sour cream
- Fry the peppers in a skillet for about 6 minutes. Wrap in cling film and crush with a rolling pin.
- Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add a spoonful of thyme. Place the peach cut side down in the pan. Cook for 2 minutes until browned. Get it. Repeat with each of the eight halves. Melt the remaining teaspoon of butter, stir in the thyme, and place the figs flesh side down. Cook for 2 minutes and put on a plate.
- Reduce the vinegar in the pan by a third (about 3 minutes). Cool slightly.
- Place 2 teaspoons of sour cream in the center of each peach; drizzle vinegar on top of each serving and sprinkle lightly with pepper and salt. Serve with rosy figs.
SMOOTHIE FROM FIGS
Time: 6 minutes
1 cup ice cubes
3/4 cup fat-free yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
6 large figs
- Place all ingredients in a blender; mix for one minute or until the smoothie is smooth.
- Serve with an orange slice or fig slice