Apricots (Prunus armeniaca) are stone fruits also known as Armenian plums. Round and yellow, they look like a smaller version of a peach but share the tartness of purple plums. They’re extremely nutritious and have many health benefits, such as improved digestion and eye health.
1. Very nutritious and low in calories
Apricots are very nutritious and contain many essential vitamins and minerals, they are good sources of Vitamins A and C. The net carbs in a 35-gram fresh apricot is 3.18g.
2. High in antioxidants
Apricots are a great source of many antioxidants, including beta carotene and vitamins A, C, and E. What’s more, they’re high in a group of polyphenol antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been shown to protect against illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease.
3. May promote eye health
Apricots boast multiple compounds that are essential for eye health, including vitamins A and E.
4. May boost skin health
Apricots are naturally high in antioxidants, which guard against environmental damage from sunlight, pollution, and cigarette smoke. These compounds may benefit your skin by lowering your risk of wrinkles and sunburn.
Apricots are a good source of soluble fibre, which feeds your healthy gut bacteria and may boost digestive health.
6. High in potassium
Potassium aids nerve signalling, muscle contractions, and fluid balance. Eating potassium-rich foods, such as apricots, may help prevent high blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke.
7. Very hydrating
In two rat studies, apricots were found to protect the liver from oxidative stress caused by the ingestion of alcohol. Yet, human studies, more research is needed.
Both fresh and dried* apricots are widely available. You can eat them on their own or add them to your favourite dishes, sides, or desserts.
Apricots are a delicious fruit packed with vitamins, fibre, and antioxidants. They have multiple benefits, including improved eye, skin, and gut health. Fresh or dried* apricots are easy to add to yogurt, salads, and main meals. If you’re used to eating peaches and plums, apricots can be a great way to change up your routine.
* Please note that dried apricots contain similar amounts of vitamins and minerals but are higher in calories, carbs, and sugar by weight than fresh apricots as they contain less water. A 100-gram serving of dried apricot halves contains a staggering 83 grams of carbs.
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