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Carb Counts and Glycemic Index for Figs

Fig Nutritional Information

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Updated May 01, 2014

Fresh Figs

Fresh Figs

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Did you know there was once a study that suggested extracts from the leaves of the fig plant may have properties that help regulate blood sugar in diabetics? Perhaps ironically, the figs themselves are very high in sugar, so for the most part people on low-carb diets or with blood sugar problems will want to limit them.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Figs

  • 1 large fresh fig (2.5 inches in diameter; a little over 2 oz): 10 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 47 calories.

  • ¼ cup chopped dried figs: 23 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 4 grams fiber and 93 calories.

  • 1 oz dried figs: 15 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 3 grams fiber and 70 calories.

Glycemic Index for Figs

One study of dried figs had an average GI of 61. There are no studies of fresh figs.

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Glycemic Load of Figs

  • 1 large fresh fig (2.5 inches in diameter; a little over 2 oz): 4

  • ¼ cup chopped dried figs: 11

  • 1 ounce chopped dried figs: 8

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Health Benefits of Figs

Figs are a fairly good source of Vitamin K, potassium and magnesium.

More Information About Fresh Figs and Dried Figs at Calorie Count Plus.
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Sources:
Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).
Serraclara, A , Hawkins, F. et al. "Hypoglycemic action of an oral fig-leaf decoction in type-I diabetic patients." Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 39(1):19-22 (1998)
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.

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