The Best Dairy-Free Ways to Get More Calcium #4: Dried Figs

Figs are a fruit that few people in the Western world have ever eaten fresh, as they are primarily grown in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean. If you can eat them fresh, you'll find they're a juicy, sweet fruit you can't help but live! Dried figs, however, are the better source of calcium, not to mention antioxidants, vitamins, and other minerals. Eating just 8 whole dried figs will give you 107 milligrams of calcium, which is about 10% of your Daily Value of this mineral.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Source:[/caption] Figs aren't just great sources of calcium, but they offer a wide range of health benefits, including:
  • Lowering high blood pressure
  • Promoting weight loss (thanks to the dietary fiber)
  • Protecting against post-menopausal breast cancer
  • Reducing insulin and diabetes
  • Lowering levels of triglycerides
  • Protecting against the degeneration of eye cells (macular degeneration)
It's a pretty amazing little fruit, but sadly it's not as common in the West as it is in Europe and Asia. Thankfully, dried figs are pretty easy to find!  
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