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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


All You Need to Know About Apricots

Apricots, with their velvety skin and sweet-tart flavour, are a delightful summer fruit that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also offers a plethora of health benefits. These golden-orange fruits are not only delicious when consumed fresh but also when dried or used in various culinary creations. 


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Apricots are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fibre. This nutrient profile makes them a valuable addition to a balanced diet. 

1. Nutritional Powerhouse 

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Their high content of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene supports eye health, aiding in vision and reducing the risk of age-related eye conditions. 

2. Eye Health 

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Apricots are a good source of dietary fibre, which promotes healthy digestion, prevents constipation, and supports gut health. 

3. Digestive Aid 

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Apricots contain antioxidants like vitamin C and phytochemicals that help combat free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and premature ageing. 

4. Antioxidant Properties 

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The potassium content in apricots helps regulate blood pressure, reducing the risk of hypertension and heart disease. 

5. Heart Health 

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Apricots are a source of calcium and phosphorus, essential for strong bones and teeth. They also aid in preventing age-related bone disorders. 

6. Bone Health 

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Apricots are relatively low in calories, making them a nutritious snack choice for weight management and overall health. 

7. Low in Calories 

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The antioxidants and phytochemicals in apricots may have cancer-preventive properties, especially against certain types of cancer. 

8. Cancer Prevention 

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Apricots contain nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin E, which promote healthy skin by protecting it from UV damage and supporting collagen production. 

9. Skin Benefits 

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Apricots can be enjoyed fresh, and dried, in jams, sauces, salads, desserts, and more. Their sweet and tangy flavour adds depth to both sweet and savoury dishes. 

10. Culinary Versatility 

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In conclusion, apricots are a delightful and nutritious addition to your diet. Whether you enjoy them fresh or incorporate them into various culinary creations, apricots are a versatile and healthy choice that can enhance both your taste and your health. 


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