What are benefits of eating nuts and figs?

David Grotto
Nutrition & Dietetics
Figs are higher in fiber than any other fresh or dried fruit per serving, containing about five to six grams per ¼ cup (about three figs). They are also rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron and are also an excellent source of polyphenols, plant-based chemicals thought to play a role in fighting disease. Research reports that figs are one of the best dried fruits with “superior quality” antioxidants.

Nuts are a great partner for figs as they too are a great source of fiber and contain heart-healthy fats and protein that really help round out a snack!
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Nuts and figs have the following benefits:

Mixed Nuts
  • Walnuts, as well as other nuts, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and are good for your joints, skin, vision, brain and heart health, and help lower bad cholesterol levels. Eating a few before your meal can also help curb your appetite.
  • Brazil nuts contain selenium, an antioxidant that fights the free radical damage that can cause cancer.
  • Cashews contain proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that actually starve tumors and prevent cancer cells from dividing.
Figs
  • are high in antioxidants
  • pack 14 grams of fiber per serving
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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