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Benefits of Apricot

Introduction



Full of fragrance and sweet, golden-orange apricots are another summer season delicacies of Asian origin. These much-prized fruits were first brought to the Europe by Greeks, who named them as “golden eggs of the sun.”



Nutrition Tables



Amount Per 100 grams Calories 48 % Daily Value* Total Fat 0.4 g 0% Saturated fat 0 g 0% Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g Monounsaturated fat 0.2 g Cholesterol 0 mg 0% Sodium 1 mg 0% Potassium 259 mg 7% Total Carbohydrate 11 g 3% Dietary fiber 2 g 8% Sugar 9 g Protein 1.4 g 2% Vitamin A 38% Vitamin C 16% Calcium 1% Iron 2% Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5% Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 2%



Health Benefits



– Apricots are excellent sources of vitamin-A, and carotenes. 100 g fresh fruits carry 1926 IU or 64% of daily-required levels of vitamin A. Both of these compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision.

– Fresh fruits are low in calories, composing just 50 calories per 100 g weight and rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

– Fresh fruits contain vitamin-C another natural anti-oxidant.

– They are an also good source of minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and manganese.

– The total anti-oxidant or ORAC value of raw apricots is 1115 umol TE/100 g. Much of this in these fruits comes from some important health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic anti-oxidants such as lutein, zea xanthin and beta cryptoxanthin.

– Further, zea-xanthin, a carotenoid selectively absorbed into the retinal “macula lutea” in the eyes where it is thought to provide anti-oxidant and protective light-filtering functions.

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