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Apricots

This article is part of a larger article titled "100+ Healthiest Foods On Planet Earth."  Read it here.

Apricots Nutritional Information (per 100g)

Water: 86.4 g
Calories: 48 kcal
Protein: 1.4 g
Carbohydrate: 11.1 g
Dietary fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 9.2 g
Fat: 0.4 g
Monounsaturated fat: 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1 g
Vitamin C: 10 mg
Vitamin B3: 0.6 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.1 mg
Vitamin B9: 9 μg
Vitamin A: 96 μg
Vitamin E: 0.9 mg
Vitamin K: 3.3 μg
Calcium: 13 mg
Iron: 0.4 mg
Magnesium: 10 mg
Phosphorus: 23 mg
Potassium: 259 mg
Sodium: 1 mg
Zinc: 0.2 mg

Apricots are related to plums and peaches; they are a soft orange-golden coloured fruit with a hard seed in the middle. They are enjoyed either on their own or as part of a healthy dessert.

100g of apricots provides you with 16% of your recommended daily amount (RDA) of vitamin C, 38% RDA of vitamin A and 8% of your RDA of fiber. They are also very low in calories with 100g containing only 48 calories. As with many other fruits, they come with a whole host of health benefits.

The high amounts of vitamin A and C in apricots means that they are great for your eye health. Vitamin C is responsible for forming and maintaining connective tissues, such as collagen within the eye. Additionally, it helps fight against the formation of cataracts.

Vitamin A is necessary for rhodopsin synthesis, which is found in the rod cells in the retina. A lack of rhodopsin can result in night blindness, which precedes xerophthalmia (two common eye related ailments), so consuming foods rich in vitamin A can help prevent these diseases from manifesting.

Apricots also contain quercetin, a phytochemical which protects against inflammation. Inflammation is present in quite a few bodily problems, including heart disease and arthritis. Quercetin helps reduce inflammation by encouraging the body to use its own anti-inflammatory system more effectively and fighting against free radicals, due to its antioxidant properties.

Apricots also help with weight loss as they are a good source of dietary fiber (which prolongs a feeling of fullness). They do contain a fair amount of sugar, however this could prove to be an advantage as people trying to lose weight can help satisfy their sweet tooth by eating apricots, rather than a bar of chocolate.

This article also shows that apricots maintain bone health, treat ear aches and may also improve fertility!