Manager’s Feature: Dried Apricots

dried apricots

Making dried apricots a regular part of your diet is a smart idea – they are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in a tasty, bite-sized snack.

When fresh apricots are dried, the end result is five pounds of fresh fruit packed into just one pound of dried apricot. This ratio formula accounts for an exceedingly higher nutritional value. So now you know dried apricots are full of health benefits, and wonderful nutrients.

Apricots, however, have not been as popular as apples, bananas, oranges, and other fruits. But if more people were aware of apricots’ health benefits, they would choose this less reputable fruit in fresh or dried form over other fruit choices.

But what exactly are the benefits and nutrients?

Beta carotene

Apricots are a significant source of beta carotene, which produces vitamin A or retinol in the body. With more beta carotene than carrots, apricots promote healthy eyes and skin. And as an antioxidant, beta carotene works to boost the immune system and eliminate free radicals.

Iron

Apricots are an excellent food source for iron. The mineral is an essential component of hemoglobin, it can only be absorbed from foods.

Calcium

Two ounces of dried apricots delivers the equivalent of 52mg of calcium, providing decent preventive measures for osteoporosis.

Potassium

Dried apricots actually rank fairly high as a source for potassium. A 100g serving provides 1.9g of the mineral, about 53 percent of the recommended daily allowance. And that’s not bad at all. This essential mineral helps to provide muscular strength, efficient metabolism, water balance, and electrolyte functions. Potassium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, and is required for keeping the brain, heart, kidney, muscle tissues and other important organs in optimal condition.

Fibre

Dried apricots provide 9.5 grams of fibre for a 130 gram serving. Whereas 130 grams of fresh apricot would only provide about 4.2 grams of fiber. So really, dried apricots are a pretty good source of fiber, as well. Dried fruits are generally higher in sugar than, of course, fresh fruits. Still, many times the nutritious benefits far outweigh the extra sugar content. Being that the nutrients in dried fruit is so concentrated, and much is packed into bite-sized pieces, one does not have to consume a lot to get the value of the foods nutrient sources.

NOTE: dried apricots contain sulfites. Most people are not affected by foods containing sulfites, but certain people are sensitive to the chemical, and can have allergic reactions.

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