The nutritional value of figs was recognized in ancient Greece. So Greek athletes ate plenty of fresh and dried figs before taking part in the Olympic Games. Greek figs are famous for their quality and are produced without the use of agrochemicals. They are an excellent snack which is free from sugar and other additives and has a high fibre content. That is why they are so filling and help improve bowel functioning. Fibre also absorbs water and helps the body get rid of toxic substances. Figs are fruit with a very high potassium content, which prevents the loss of calcium, thus combating osteopenia and osteoporosis. They are a good source of calcium and potassium, which are necessary for bone health. They are also a rich source of magnesium, which is important for the functioning of the nervous system, and of iron. They contain sufficient quantities of antioxidants such vitamin C, polyphenols and flavonoids, and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and folic acid. They are also an alkaline food, useful for balancing body pH. Finally, figs have very low lipid and cholesterol contents and, therefore, eating lots of them will not hurt you.When combined with cereals, they make a well-balanced breakfast.