Better: Fresh figs
Why Six fresh figs have 891 mg of blood-pressure-lowering potassium, nearly 20 per cent of your recommended daily requirement—about double what you’d find in one large banana. In a recent five-year study from the Netherlands, high-potassium diets were linked with lower mortality rates from all causes in healthy adults aged 55 and over.
You’ll also get a healthy boost to your bones. Figs are one of the best fruit sources of frame-friendly calcium.
Shop for figs that are dry on the surface and feel heavy in the hand. A perfectly ripe fig may have slight cracks that are bursting with the fruit’s sweet syrup.
Serve by chopping and adding to yoghurt, cottage cheese, muesli or green salads. Or enjoy figs as a savoury snack: cut a slit in the side and stuff with 1/2 tsp of soft, low-fat cheese such as chevre (goat’s cheese) or brie.
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