Dried figs can be a sweet, convenient treat to enjoy at work or while on a trip, but if you enjoy the fruit's flavor, look for fresh figs at the supermarket. Fresh figs, which have purplish skin and reddish pulp, can add flavor to several types of dishes or act as a snack on their own. A serving of fresh figs also provides a boost in fiber.
Part of a Healthy Diet
The exact amount of fiber in fresh figs depends on the size of the fruit, notes the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database. The USDA reports that a small fig with a diameter of about 1.5 inches contains 1.2 grams of fiber. A large fig with a diameter of about 2.5 inches has 1.9 grams of fiber. Multiply either number by the number of figs you wish to consume to determine the snack's total fiber value. Your recommended daily fiber intake depends on your age, gender and body type, but, in general, adults should consume between 25 and 30 grams of fiber daily, according to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. A fiber-rich diet can improve your cholesterol level and bowel function while also lowering your risk of heart disease.
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.