What Are The Health Benefits Of Apricots ?
Health Benefits Of Apricots
Apricot (Prunus armeniaca), tree of the rose family, is native to China but, are grown throughout temperature regions. Over 90% of the U.S. crop of apricots comes from California. Apricots are eaten fresh or are preserved by drying or canning. The apricot kernels are usually used to make liquor.
I am sure you have heard that apricots are a wholesome fruit. In fact, the health benefits of apricots are plenty. Both fresh and dried apricots are highly nutritious and have a low glycaemic index, making them an excellent food for sweet toothed dieters.
Fresh apricots contain vitamin C, folate, potassium, and vitamin E. Their high content of beta-carotene is an important antioxidant that helps to prevent many cancers. They are also ideal for weight maintenance as they are a good source of fibre and are fat free.
The semi-dried, plumped fruit is a very good source of potassium and iron too, although the drying process diminishes the vitamin C and carotene contents.
Dried apricots, because they contain less water, are weight for weight, higher in calories than fresh ones, but they are an ideal energy-giving snack. Let’s look at the other health benefits of apricots :
- Apricots contain a range of carotenes, especially, the beta-carotene which helps in cancer prevention.
- Both lutein and zeaxanthin are an important compound for eye health,
- The cyptoxanthin found in apricots, helps to maintain good bone health and helps to prevent osteoporosis.
- This fruits are also high in total and soluble fiber, which is extremely beneficial for healthy heart and blood circulation.
- They are also an excellent source of potassium which can help in fluid retention.
Some General Tips On Apricots :
Fresh apricots need to be fully ripe to maximize their carotene content, and cooking them helps the carotene and soluble fiber to be better absorbed in the body. Fresh apricots are excellent in fruit crumbles.
Dried apricots are good in couscous and salads, and can be stewed and then, served with yogurt.
When buying dried apricots, ideally choose organic varieties, because these version do not contain sulphur dioxide, to which some people are allergic.
Did You Know These Things About Apricots ?
Hunza apricots are a form of dried apricots that grow wild in the Hunza Valley in Kashmir, India. The fruits are left on the trees to dry and must be cooked before eating.