How are you doing resisting the Halloween candy swarming all around? I’m doing quite well, I must say. I am taking my own advice that I provided in a blog post earlier this month; check out my tips here.
Fruit totally helps me healthfully satisfy my sweet tooth as well. In fact, this past week was National Fig Week. Figs in the U.S. are primarily grown in California and what I love so much about figs is that they are so unbelievably sweet and surprisingly low in calories. One-half cup of figs is only about 120 calories.
Another cool factor about figs is the variety (not as many types as apples, but still quite a few). The most popular types of figs that are easiest to find are: Black Mission, Brown Turkish, Calimyrna, Kadota, and Sierra figs. Here are the ways in which they are different.
These figs have purple and black skin with a deep earthy flavor.
These figs have light purple to black skin with a robust flavor.
These figs have pale yellow skin with a buttery and a nutty flavor.
These figs have a creamy amber skin with a light flavor (not as pungent as the others).
These figs have light-colored skin with a fresh, sweet flavor.
So whereas candy “poisons” your body with sugar and chemicals, figs boost your health. Figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber and are also high in antioxidants, fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. They are also a good source of potassium, which means they are heart-healthy!
The fiber in figs makes them an excellent choice for weight-loss or maintenance, as well as heart health. Fruit fiber can also help protect against cancer. For instance, results of a prospective study involving 51,823 postmenopausal women for an average of 8.3 years showed a 34 percent reduction in breast cancer risk for those consuming the most fruit fiber compared to those consuming the least.
So, eat up my friends! Enjoy figs—I promise you they are even tastier than candy!