Four health benefits from eating figs

This tasty sweet fruit is native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean, so has less air miles on it than many of the other imported foods in the region. BBC Good Food Middle East looks at how your health can also benefit from consuming more figs…

Four health benefits from eating figs
  1. Figs contain plenty of minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, which all play a key role in maintaining healthy blood pressure. They’re also packed full of essential iron and copper.
  2. Figs are good for your skin too. They’re full of the antioxidant vitamins A, E and K, which play a key role in keeping skin clear, healthy and supple.
  3. They’re great for your intestines and gut, and can improve overall digestive wellness. Figs are naturally high in fibre, which can help support healthy intestines activity, they also contain prebiotics which support good bacteria in the gut.
  4. They’re naturally sweet, making them a great addition to many recipes instead of artificial sweeteners and sugar.