Figs have been around for a while, so why are they, all of a sudden, the unsung hero of the healthy snack? Allegedly Cleopatra’s favourite fruit, they were deemed so important in Ancient Greece that every time a new city was founded a fig tree was planted as a symbol of wisdom and prosperity.

Food and Drink on Female First

Food and Drink on Female First

Forest Feast tell us why these ‘granny fruits’ are making as big a comeback as purple rinse:

Combat cholesterol – they contain ‘stuff’ that reduces your overall fat percentage in general and therefore, your cholesterol.

Good for the digestive system – they’re naturally high in fibre helping to keep everything ‘down there’ regular.

Heroes for the heart – the ancient Greeks used to up their fig consumption for a healthy heart? The Phenolic antioxidants in figs help lower your risk for heart disease. Hey, if it worked for Plato?

Save your Skin – time to lock away your lotions and potions, the key to rejuvenating your skin might well be found in figs. The Vit A and beta-carotone in figs provide natural exfoliant properties AND contain anti-inflammatory properties that help zap away acne and reduce redness. Studies have also shown that Figs can even reduce wrinkles – need we say more??

Stronger bones – If you’re a fan of plant-based alternatives and have been turning your back on dairy.. fresh or dried, figs are armed with powerful amounts of calcium so you can top up.

Love your locks – packed with hair-friendly nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin C and E, figs stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth.

A sweet way to lose weight – figs are jam packed with dietary fibre, making you feel fuller for longer. Paired with their naturally sweet flavour to curb your (sugar) enthusiasm and stave off any dessert cravings.

Sleep on it – figs contain a nutrient that helps treat sleeping disorders, stimulating the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps induce and maintain sleep.

Your gut will thank you – figs contain prebiotics, which help support the pre-existing good bacteria in the gut, improving digestive wellness.

If they’re good enough for Cleo…. Carry on, say us!