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trmcgeehan 10-28-02 04:21 AM

Fig Newtons
I tried Power Bars, but they're pricey and a little high on calories. They're also hard to open, and in hot weather get a little sticky. Fig Newtons are an inexpensive alternative. They'll give you the carbs you need, and you can almost buy a whole box for what one Power Bar costs. I put the FN's in a sandwich bag before heading out on the road. Raisons are also excellent. I get a ten pack of raisons from Walmart (about 2 bucks). They are individually packaged in little boxes, and are handy to stick in your pouch. If I remember correctly, just one little box provides 40% of the iron you need for the day.

ChipRGW 10-28-02 05:56 AM

Fig Newtons are great. PoorMans Powerbar:)
I get the fat-free ones.
They come in raspberry, apple, strawberry, strawberry-Kiwi and, of course, Fig. All are fat free except Fig, unless you specifically get the fat-free ones.

Great Energy snack, High carbs.


Spire 10-28-02 06:25 AM

Where do you get all the flavours?

At my grocery, they have the Chrisite and Presidents choice, and the only flavours are date and fig. (I really like date newtons a lot more!)

maraxis 10-30-02 01:08 PM

This may sound silly, but what is a fig newton? Is it a fig encased in a biscuit? (Which in the UK is called a fig roll)?

Kev 10-30-02 01:14 PM

Bit of history of the fig newton

Charles M. Roser was a cookie maker born in Ohio. He won fame for creating the Fig Newton recipe before selling it to the Kennedy Biscuit Works (later called Nabisco).

A Fig Newton is a soft cookie filled with fig jam. A machine invented in 1891, made the mass production of Fig Newtons possible. James Henry Mitchell invented a machine which worked like a funnel within a funnel; the inside funnel supplied jam, while the outside funnel pumped out the dough, this produced an endless length of filled cookie, that was then cut into smaller pieces. The Kennedy Biscuit Works used Mitchell's invention to mass-produce the first Fig Newton Cookies in 1891.

And here is what the look like

Cipher 10-30-02 01:18 PM

Some nutritional facts about your favorite 'Power' snack...

The Power of Fig

Cipher 10-30-02 01:22 PM

And what you do while eating them!

Down Hill ;)

Cipher 10-30-02 01:30 PM

And of course a receipe for the ambitious...

fietser_ivana 10-31-02 04:09 AM

I know the Fig Newtons.. 2 buts:
1 they don't contain protein at all, do they? Not fit for sustained long (& fairly slow) rides
2 they're not for sale in Europe..

beowoulfe 10-31-02 04:48 AM

Originally posted by fietser_ivana
<snip> 2 they're not for sale in Europe..
I tried to buy peanut butter in the Netherlands. All I got were funny looks.

fietser_ivana 10-31-02 04:56 AM

Peanut butter is VERY popular here.. it's called PINDAKAAS! Peanut cheese ;-).
There's both the regular Dutch and superior unsweetened peanut butter (also with extra bits of nuts and other stuff inside) and the foul American (sweetened) peanut butter..

roadbuzz 11-01-02 12:32 PM

Originally posted by Kev
Bit of history of the fig newton[/IMG]
Ya know where the "Newton" comes from?

The Kennedy biscuit works named all their products after communities in the Boston area ('Shrewsbury,' 'Harvard,' 'Beacon Hill,' etc.) They named their Fig bars after Newton, Mass.

RWTD 11-01-02 01:45 PM

Watch out for hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils in Fig Newton's,processed peanut butter(ie non-natural) and other "cheap" carb snacks.These are man-made oils designed to increase shelf life but are now almost universally being viewed as "bad"fats with a host of negitive effects and no positives.

ChipRGW 11-01-02 02:18 PM

I know that the Raspberry and Apple flavors are fat free. The Fig is available in a fat free model. I am unsure about the Strawberry-kiwi, I haven't looked.

RWTD 11-01-02 02:23 PM

I'll have to check that out.I'm always on the lookout for low cost carb snacks with healthy ingredients.

RegularGuy 11-01-02 02:43 PM

Originally posted by roadbuzz

Ya know where the "Newton" comes from?

The Kennedy biscuit works named all their products after communities in the Boston area ('Shrewsbury,' 'Harvard,' 'Beacon Hill,' etc.) They named their Fig bars after Newton, Mass.

Thank goodness they didn't get named Fig Shrewsburys!

wabbit 11-01-02 04:24 PM

Fig newtons also makes a fig bar, which I guess is sort of like Nutra-fig. Those aren't available here, though.

I like date newtons too. Both are low in fat and sugar, and have lots of iron!However, sometimes, I wonder when I'm on a ride- are those seeds in my teeth or one of those little flies?

The health food store has their own fig cookies but they're kind of expensive.

kewlrunningz 11-01-02 04:58 PM

I love me some Fig Newtons!

salamibender 11-01-02 08:45 PM

We got the Nabisco plant close by they supply our group with fig newtons and animal crackers every year for our ride to Washington D.C. The newtons are the biggest hit, but after three days of eating them i need about six months off before I can eat them with my scotch

Dwagenheim 11-01-02 09:02 PM

I loves them Figgy Nu-Nu's!

If I remember correctly, I learned in biology class that figs have a symbiotic relationship with a certain wasp. The wasp lays its eggs in the figs and pollinates it. SO, according to this, we are also eating wasp larvae in the figs. I'll have to look into this because I don't remember the details.
I still love 'em, Larvae or no.


Dwagenheim 11-01-02 09:08 PM

I know some of you don't believe me, so here:

Its true!

Dirtgrinder 11-01-02 09:17 PM

No worse than eating honey. Bee puke! :D

RWTD 11-01-02 09:44 PM

I like figs also in fact I have some organic Turkish figs in my kitchen right now.It's the Newton's I can live without.

greywolf 11-02-02 06:18 AM

wasp larvae ? didn,t some one say they had no protein content ?

velocipedio 11-02-02 08:14 AM

The fig wasp story is fascinating. It's something that I'd really like to read more about. Before everyone tosses their Newtons out the window, you have to keep a few things in mind...

1. The fruit of the fig tree is not a true fruit, it's actually more of a flower-carrying organ.

2. Only the female fruit is actually pollinated by the fig wasps' egg laying, and not every female fruit on the tree needs to be pollinated for tree reproductions and, in any event, in an orchard setting, since tree reproduction is controlled, it may not happen at all. In any event, the female fig fruit [the one with the larvae] is inedible. I found this:

... deciduous tree; subtropical; soft, pithy wood; bark is generally smooth and free of fissures, however 'burrknots' often occur on lower trunk and roots, nodal swellings form under and on both sides of leaf scars; leaves are large, petiolate, 3-7 lobed to almost entire (leaves aid in cultivar identification); bears morphologically unusual fruit called 'syconium' which is almost entirely vegetative peduncular tissue (true fruits are tiny pedicellate druplets within); Gynodioecious with two distinct forms: ****ecious nonedible capri fig which serves as a pollenizer, and a pistillate edible fig; pollination achieved by fig wasp (Blastophaga psenes L.), which colonizes the syconium of the capri fig in a symbiotic relation; lateral bearing; 5-year generation time.

3. Moreover, only Smyrna figs -- wild Smyrna figs at that -- are actually pollinated in this way. Calimyrna figs, the hybrid variety of domesticated Smyrna figs grown in the US, don't reproduce without human intervention at all, so they're probably not being pollinated by wasps. Mission fig fruit are a little different and, evidently, do not pollinate using the wasp method.

Considering that very few of us eat wild figs in any context and, considering that the infested fruit in the wild fig tree is inedible anyway, you don't have to worry about extra protein in your diet.

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