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Summer Fun with Figs

Summer is upon us, making it the perfect time to incorporated figs into a summer meal or treat. This fiber-packed fruit contains more dietary fiber per serving than any other dried or fresh fruit. Figs are an abundant source of antioxidants, not to mention juicy and refreshing!  Figs can be enjoyed both dried and fresh.


This tasty, low calorie fruit can provide many health benefits! Each fig can contain one to two grams of fiber, helping bowl function, gut health and cholesterol. Figs are a also a great addition to the diet because of they are rich in vitamins, like Vitamin A and K, and minerals, like potassium and calcium.


Figs and Cancer

Studies done with cells in the lab setting show that plant extracts from a variety of fruits and vegetables, including figs, may help to inhibit the proliferation of human cancer cells.  The anti-oxidant properties of figs also provide cancer-fighting properties as well. 


What’s the fig for you?

Eat Fresh Figs if… 

You want a lower calorie alternative that is available in the summer months!

Eat Dried Figs if… 

You are looking for a great source of antioxidants that are shelf-stable and available year round!

Also check out our recently posted fig recipe



1. Basic Report:  09089, Figs, raw. Retrieved from https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/301102
2. Figs, Fresh: Nutrition, Selection, Storage.  Retrieved from https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/fresh-figs
3. Fruit of the Month: Figs. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/fruit-month-figs#2 
4. Suppressors of cancer cell proliferation from fig (Ficus carica) resin: isolation and structure elucidation, Oct. 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11473446
5. Evaluation of phototoxic potential of aerial components of the fig tree against human melanoma, Oct. 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22469077



Isabelle Colbert Corgel, RD, CDN

Isabelle is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor’s of Science in Global Public Health and Nutrition from New York University. Isabelle has been a part of the Savor Health team for 4 years beginning as an intern during her sophomore year at NYU and now works as a contributing writer. After her undergraduate degree, she completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital with a focus in medical nutrition therapy where she gained clinical experience in oncology. Following her dietetic internship, Isabelle completed a 6-month nutrition fellowship in Employee Health and Wellbeing at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Isabelle now helps to manage nutrition and health programs at a food bank in upstate New York. Isabelle is passionate about community nutrition and health as well as holistic wellness.

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