Apricots are a curious thing! Although the outer furry skin is covered with tiny hairs, this fruit can be eaten without being peeled. It is highly debated where they actually originated but the Spaniards are given credit for introducing them to the Americas. Nevertheless, their deliciousness, nutrient density, and portability is not debated. Let’s explore all the ways that Apricots NOURISH LIFE.
The velvety surface not only holds luscious meat, it also encases a rich storehouse of flavorful nutrients. Deemed the “golden eggs of the sun” by the Greeks, the primary commercial operations still reside in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Closely related to Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums, Apricots are a “drupe” because they have a large central seed with surrounding fruit. Research has shown that the antioxidant capacity of Apricots is linked to enhanced immunity and healthy mucous membranes. With their content of Potassium, Vitamins A and C, as well as flavonoids and carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin, they fight age-related disorders such as macular degeneration, high blood pressure and cholesterol abnormalities.
Dried or fresh, Apricots are a great source of dietary fiber and have been shown to increase high-density lipoprotein, HDL, which is the good form of cholesterol. As noted above, they contain Potassium. Adequate Potassium must be present for Calcium to be absorbed. Apricots, like some other plant foods, contain nonheme iron. This type of iron is slowly absorbed into the body and stays longer to protect against anemia. The Vitamin C in the fruit works synergistically to enhance absorption of the non-heme iron. It is also important to note that Apricot seeds contain cyanide, which can be lethal.
START SOMEWHERE today to add more of this versatile food to your life. Although Apricots are a curious thing in appearance, they are a delicious way to NOURISH LIFE. Give your taste buds deliciousness and your body potent fuel. You can do it. I will help you!
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