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Apricot

Apricot

Apricot

known in  Latin as the plum of Armenia, these delicious fruits can be eaten in their fresh fruit form or dried as a tasty nutritious snack. These pretty little fruits are widely used as ingredients in baking or processed into jams and preserves. Apricot fruits are also commonly distilled into liquor or brandy in many countries around the world.

Apricot Nutiriton

Soft and fleshy theses tasty little fruits are high in beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in the body and used in many cellular processes. They are Low in calories and a good source of fiber which is handy because this will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer, helping to reduce hunger stress during dieting.

Apricots big plus point has to be their high levels of the difficult to obtain Vitamin K. K is being touted as a real wonder vitamin at the moment and it’s no surprise as K helps with healthy blood clotting and bone building but is also vital to keep the blood vessels and heart valves free from calcification.

The body makes Vitamin K in the gut naturally but we should all be doing more to increase our vitamin K levels. If your diet isn’t as good as it should be or your not eating plenty of leafy green vegetables you could be lacking in Vitamin K? It is rare to be deficient in Vitamin K but this doesn’t mean it is usual to have enough Vitamin K to cover all the ongoing processes of the body that need attention? 100 grams of apricots will help provide around 5% of your daily needs of Vitamin K, add some leafy greens to apricot juice and a good pro biotic to your regime and you will be good to go.

Health Benefits of Apricot

Apricots contain beta carotene which is great for maintaining healthy eyes, this hugely helpful anti oxidant vitamin helps keep the retina free from the damaging free radicals that can cause visual problems and loss of sight.

Carotenoids found in apricot fruits are antioxidants that help prevent heart attacks, these natural health defenders also reduce the bad cholesterol in the body and protect against the risk of cancer.

Apricots are best eaten with the skin on because the skin contains fiber which helps to maintain healthy digestion and elimination. Dried apricots have been used by many people all over the world to relieve constipation and diarrhea.

Traditional Chinese medicine indicates that apricots help to replenish the vital fluids of the body and speed detoxification. Chinese women consume apricots to increase fertility because apricots contain many minerals that are needed to produce hormones.

Nutritional Data

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Energy50 Kcal2.5%
Carbohydrates11 Kcal8.5%
Protein1.4 g2.5%
Total Fat0.4 mg1 %
Cholesterol0 g0%
Dietary Fiber2 g5%

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Vitamin A

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Folates9 µg 2%
Niacin0.600 mg4%
Pantothenic acid0.240mg5%
Pyridoxine0.054 mg5%
Riboflavin0.040 mg3%
Thiamin0.030 mg2.5%
Vitamin A1926 IU64%
Vitamin C10 mg16%
Vitamin E0 mg0%
Vitamin K3.3 µg5.5%

Minerals

Minerals

Minerals

MineralsPer 100g% RDA
Calcium13 mg1.3%
Iron0.39 mg5%
Magnesium10 mg2.5%
Phosphorus23 mg3%
Flouride//
Selenium0.1 mcg0.1%
Manganese0.077 mg3%
Copper0.01 mg0.1%
Sodium1.2 mg0%
Potassium310 mg8%
Zinc0.2 mg2%

Electrolytes

ElectrolytesPer 100g% RDA
Sodium1 mg0.1%
Potassium259 mg5.5%

Phyto-nutrients

Phytonutrients Per 100g% RDA
Beta-Carotene1094 µg_ _
crypto-xanthin-ß104 µg_ _
Lutein-zeaxanthin89 µg_ _
Alpha-carotene19 ug_ _
Lycopene0 ug_ _

 

 

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2 Responses to Apricot

  1. sid August 7, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    WOW! Thanks for the info Apricots and the bit on Vit K! Not seen that fact written about much on the web? Will be looking for more info on this to help me overcome my challenges.:/ love the site guys keep up the great work and ill be back for more soon.:)

  2. sid August 7, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Just looking and wondering if this is k1 or k2? Anyone know?

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