Do you know which of the fresh fruits is more nutritious and virtually fat-free?
You guessed it right.
It is Apricots. The tiny fruit, classified along with plums, and grown in typical continental climates characterized by cold winders, is an ideal fruit that gels well both in snacks and in desserts.
The fruit, ranging in a size between 1.5 cm to 2.5 cm in diameter, has high fiber content very low calorie content. Besides, the fruit, normally found in yellow or orange colors with a tinge of red especially in those parts that are more exposed to sunlight, is a very rich source for beta carotene and minerals like potassium and iron.
The high content of potassium and iron in this fruit helps in proper functioning of the muscles and the nerves and also aids in maintaining the appropriate blood pressure levels and balancing of the body fluids.
Apart from potassium and iron, apricots also contain beta carotene, an antioxidant which is researched extensively for treating some types of cancer. Also, this beta carotene is found to be effective in preventing heart-related diseases.
Pectin, a kind of soluble fiber that helps in lowering the bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol, is found in Apricots.
Apricots are grown extensively in Turkey, Iran and Armenia. More than the fresh apricots, it is the dried apricots that find favor with most of the people because these dried apricots are more nutritious than the fresh apricot. Because of its dryness, dried apricots contain only 32% of water while fresh apricots contains as much as 85% of water.
The calorie content in Apricots is relatively much less than other types of fruits. According to medical and nutrition experts, about 3 fresh apricots contain only 50 calories and about 10 halves of dried apricot contain around 85 calories. Another interesting aspect about apricots is that it is virtually free from fat and is also the most nutritious of the fruits.
If you eat fresh apricots instead of dried ones, you can get more amount of Vitamin C. When dried following exposure to heat and air, some amount of Vitamin C is lost. However, both dried and fresh apricots do contain minerals such as potassium and iron.
A word of caution for people who want to taste the dried apricot as a fruit and/or add them in their menu of fruits. Most of the apricots available in the market are treated with a little amount of sulfur dioxide prior to drying it in order to preserve not only the color but some of the nutrients. It is likely that the sulfur treatment may trigger some sort of allergic reaction or an asthma attack. So, if you are susceptible to asthma or allergic reactions, then before buying the fruit, you should ensure that they are labeled as “sulfite-free”.