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.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • 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

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 79
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 1 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 g
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 19 g 6%
Dietary Fibre 3 g 13%
Sugar 15 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A 64% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of ‘My Kitchen Therapy’, unless otherwise mentioned. Each articles is based upon the opinions of the author, who retains copyright as marked. The information on this website is not intended as medical advice and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional. The website is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research of the author and his community. It is encouraged that you make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care professional before using products based on this content.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *