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Summer, along with the sunshine, brings with it a whole range of wonderful fruits, deliciously sweet, refreshing and versatile.
Apricots are one of them. The fresh fruits are low in calories, composing just 50 calories per 100gr of weight. They are however a rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are also enriched with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals that help prevent heart disease, reduce LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels and offer protection against cancers. Apricots contain no fat and a small amount of carbs (about 8g of carbs for two apricots, 2gr of which being from dietary fiber).
Apricots are also an excellent sources of vitamin-A, and carotenes. 100gr fresh fruits contain about 64% of daily-required levels of vitamin A. Both of these substances are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy skin. Consumption of fresh fruits rich in carotenes helps protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers. The variety of nutrients found in apricots are very beneficial for good eyesight.
Fresh apricots contain vitamin-C and Lycopene, both powerful natural anti-oxidants. Vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals, and Lycopene promote wellness and strengthen the immune system.
They are an also good source of minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and manganese. Potassium is a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
Apricots are very versatile. They can be used in many ways and recipes, or just enjoyed fresh. They can be also dried, providing a very healthy and nutritious mid-day snack, or a nice way to ensure children have their daily portion of fruit. Furthermore, the health benefits of dried apricots are more intense than fresh counterpart. They can be included in fruit salads, muesli, or just with some yoghurt and honey. If you find yourself with too many, you can always make some jam, or even try a new kind of chutney. Internet is full of recipes, so you’ll probably have a problem deciding what to do.