Food for Life: The Benefits of Eating Figs

Image by Dmitri Popov
Image by Dmitri Popov

At some time in our lives, many of us opted for tasty Fig Newton cookies as a healthier cookie than all the others. Then came Fig Newmans that were sold in health food stores. Yippee, completely healthy treats!

Almost, but not quite. They both contain corn syrup and processed flours and sugar. Although many sources claim corn syrup is not as harmful as more processed high  fructose corn syrup (HFCS), there are also claims that the label corn syrup may be currently be used to disguise HFCS.

Fig Newmans are better choices. But even better are figs only, fresh or dried, unless you’re willing and able to make your own fig jam and totally organic, processed sugar- free cookie wrap for homemade Fig Newtons.

Figs have been around for centuries, probably originating in Egypt around 9,200 B.C.  Adding the 2,000 plus A.D. years after the B.C. point places figs as a candidate for the Paleo diet, the philosophy of eating only foods that existed before the age of agriculture.

Dried figs or jam mixtures are used commercially because fresh figs don’t hold up well, although they are recommended if you use them quickly. Still popular in the Mediterranean, eating figs has been mostly abandoned in North America, except for the cookie versions of course.

Here is some nutritional information about figs that will surprise you and maybe motivate you to include figs in your diet.

Read More: Natural News

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