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Preparation of energy bar using figs and dates and analysis of its nutritional status
Figs (Ficus carica) and dates (Phoenix dactylifera) are amongst the oldest fruits consumed by humans known to have endless benefits. Both these dried fruits are high in fiber and excellent sources of anti – oxidants. Dates have various properties such as anti – inflammatory, reduces risk of cancer and heart diseases. A study revealed that consumption of dates show better memory and learning ability. Figs are featured as super foods because of their high mineral and soluble fiber content. Figs are rich in vitamins and are natural laxatives as they contain pre biotic that keeps good bacteria in the gut and Improves digestion. Other dry fruits used in the bar are almonds and walnut which are helpful in weight loss, reduces stress and control blood pressure. Seeds used are sesame, chia and flax which are a great source of vegetarian protein, healthy fat, fibers and numerous other benefits. This bar is a meal replacement bar which should provide high amount of protein and carbohydrates and comparatively less fats. Oats is used as a base which also has a well- balanced nutrient composition.