Darling believes that beauty is more than skin deep; it’s a complex attribute encompassing mind, body and soul. This is the first in a series of articles on what we call “beauty food.” Each article will profile the health and wellness benefits of in-season produce to help you navigate the grocery store and feel like the true beauty that you are – from the inside out.

Juicy, sweet, soft and chewy. There’s nothing quite like the texture and flavor of fresh figs. Figs are the fruit of Ficus carica, or the common fig tree, and are in season from June through September. Figs contain these beneficial nutrients to keep you beautiful, healthy and radiant from within:

Fiber. Fights against heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and obesity; reduces cholesterol; normalizes blood sugar; and promotes healthy digestion.

Potassium. Helps regulate major body functions including blood pressure, electrolyte balance, digestion, and pH balance.

Calcium. Promotes bone health, helps blood clot properly, reduces blood pressure and helps prevent colon cancer.

Manganese. Helps form connective tissue, sex hormones, enzymes and joint fluid; and is essential for proper calcium absorption.

Here are a few ideas for incorporating fresh figs into your daily life:
– Pack a few in a bag as a filling and nutritious snack
– Add them to a fruit bowl for breakfast
– Slice them up and add them to a salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette


Sources: http://www.whfoods.com, http://livestrong.com, http://cancer.org

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