A fig is a soft fruit with a thin skin that can be either green or purple. The flesh of a fig is typically red, and the entirety of the fruit is edible. People have used figs to help treat health conditions related to the endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems, as well as the digestive tract. This article explores the benefits and risks associated with fig consumption. It also discusses the nutritional content of both fresh and dried figs.
Whether savoring flavorful figs as a snack or in your favorite recipes, dried figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber, a wealth of essential minerals such as potassium, iron and calcium, and rich in health-promoting antioxidants and complex carbohydrates.