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Tasty organic figs at local market

Tasty organic figs offer many health benefits.

Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietician Kristine Bihun, RDN, CDE, offers these benefits to eating figs, a seasonal fruit, but available throughout the year in dried form:

1) Can help to remove kidney stones;

2) High in potassium, which can help to reduce insulin and control diabetes;

3) Ample calcium to strengthen bones; 4) Sufficient dietary fiber to help reduce body weight . . .

BUT, portion is key! . . .

1 large fig (2 ounces by weight) is one portion. So eating more increases your calories and can cause weight gain.

(Published June 2, 2015)

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