The apricot is a fruit believed to have been native to Greece since the year 60 BC and belongs to the Rosaceae family making it closely related to peaches, plums and nectarines.
Apricots are a drupe as they contain an exterior skin which is golden in colour with a velvety texture and a central seed which is covered by the fruit’s sweet flesh.
- The bright orange colour is carotene and indicates the beneficial phytonutrient of the apricot which converts to vitamin A in the body and provides powerful antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress, cholesterol, heart disease, cancer and promote vision. (1) (2)
- Provide good levels of vitamin C and the flavonoid cryptoxanthins which help to promote healthy skin and mucous membranes as well as eliminate harmful free radicals that form cancerous cells in the body. (3)
- Contains vitamin E (tocopherol) combined with zeaxanthin which is a carotenoid that absorbs into the retina and provides protective UV-filtering functions that can protect the body against macular degeneration. (4)
- Provides dietary fibre which helps maintain regular bowel movement and cleanses the colon. (5)
- Contains potassium which helps maintain fluidity in cells and regulate the body’s heart rate and blood pressure. (6)
|Apricot Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 grams, raw
|Calories from Fat||5|
|Total Fat||1 g||1%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrates||19 g||6%|
|Dietary Fibre||3 g||13%|
|Vitamin A 64%||Vitamin C||27%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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