Did you know that figs are the most concentrated source of phytosterols of all of the World's Healthiest Foods? Plant sterols are plant compounds with chemical structures similar to that of cholesterol. While animal sources of cholesterol are easily absorbed and can raise cholesterol levels, phytosterols are difficult for the body to absorb. Because phytosterols so closely resemble cholesterol, they can actually help block food-based cholesterol from being absorbed into the bloodstream. The end result is that more cholesterol is excreted from the body, which helps reduce total blood cholesterol levels. Figs are also a good source of dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber, another nutrient known to help reduce cholesterol levels as well as normalize blood sugar levels. Plus, figs have great flavor and a unique combination of chewy, smooth and crunchy textures. So, be sure to enjoy these delectable fruits as part of your Healthiest Way of Eating while they are in the peak of! their season and available in your local markets.
18 June 2007
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