Saturday, April 13

Dried Apricots a Healthy Snack

I love apricots, a perfect summer snack. 
The fresh fruits are a summer treat, but dried apricots are available all year round. Plus, the most nutritious way to eat apricot is dried.

I've been eating a lot of dried apricots lately. Dried apricots are so delicious as a snack.
As tasty as they are, apricots can as well help to boost your youthfulness.
The apricot’s power lies in its high-level of a mighty antioxidant called carotenoids.

Apricots are naturally fat and cholesterol-free and a good source of dietary fiber and potassium.  
Apricots contain iron, important for blood building and silicon, necessary for beautiful skin and hair. As I mentioned already, apricots are an excellent source of beta-carotene and are useful in reducing infections or skin problems. They contain high amounts of pectin or soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol, ease constipation and improve digestion. 
Dried apricots also contain a good amount of potassium, which is essential for heart health.

Those with particular allergies should know that dried apricots are usually treated with sulfites in order to help preserve their shelf life and bright coloring. Untreated dried apricots are much darker in color and can be found easily in health food stores. They don't look very nice, but taste great.

Extra benefits: 
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- Good for anemia
- Help improve your skin tone
- Ease indigestion
- Fight fevers
- Improve your eyesight
- Treat constipation 
- Build strong teeth and bones
- Apricots help the body fight Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss

Dried apricots are rich in magnesium, which is a stress-buster and a natural muscle relaxant as well. Try to eat a few dried apricots every day.

Dried fruits can stick to your teeth, forcing the sugar to stay on the teeth for a longer period of time. Minimize your risk of tooth decay by drinking water while snacking on dried fruit. Brush and floss your teeth as soon as possible after eating to remove the sugar from your teeth.

Dried apricots are very healthy, tasty, but don't overdo it (I know it is hard, because they are so sweet). Like all dried fruit, apricots have a high sugar content, which results in a high calorie count. 
If you're looking for a healthy snack, a handful of dried apricots could be a good choice.


''I love apricots. They’re so fuzzy they’re furry. They’re like little pets you can eat legally.''
~Jarod Kintz~