The fruit of the common fig tree, or Ficus Carica, is the fig. It can be eaten fresh or dry. For what concerns the calories, the fresh fruit provides about 50 kcal per 100 grams while in the dried fruit the calories increase and are about 250 kcal per 100 grams. Figs are a source of fiber and therefore help in case of constipation, contain prebiotics that are substances that support the intestinal bacterial flora and improve the digestive processes, figs bring also energy and for this reason they are good to be eaten at breakfast, added for example in the yogurt, in this way figs give a natural sweetness and energy for the coming day. These fruits are also rich in vitamins such as vitamin A, group B and C, but the last one only in the fresh fruit, and mineral salts such as calcium, important for bone health, potassium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium. Figs help control your blood pressure and, thanks to the antioxidants contained, counteract aging processes and free radicals. The benefits of figs do not stop there, in fact an external application of mashed fresh figs pulp of about 15 minutes on the areas affected by acne can help soothe and heal these skin inflammations. Finally, due to the presence of oxalates, figs are not recommended for those who suffer from kidney stones, while, because of the high sugar content, pay attention if you are overweight or if you are suffering from diabetes. Dried figs are often treated with preservatives, the sulphites, that cause allergic reactions and headaches, read carefully the label reported on the pack.
Vitamins and mineral salts, laxative and energizing properties, bring prebiotics for the proper functioning of the digestive processes, if applied locally, they help to treat abscesses and skin inflammations such as acne and pimples