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Fresh, dried, or jam… all you need to know about apricots!

Fresh apricot
– Fresh apricot is a moderately caloric fruit; one portion equals around 3 medium-sized pieces which contain about 60-70 calories.
– Apricot contains many vitamins and it is rich in minerals as well, especially potassium and iron.
– It is very rich in antioxidants, and may help in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.
– It is rich in beta-carotene which is transformed in the body to vitamin A and thus plays an important role in maintaining ocular health and in improving night vision.
– Apricot is an important source of soluble fibers; it contains about 2 grams of fibers per 100 grams. As such, it contributes in improving intestinal transit and in easing some cases of transient constipation.
– The brighter the color of apricot is, the more it is rich in antioxidants.
– Do not pick pieces of apricot that are not yet ripe thinking it will become so afterwards. Apricot is a fruit that stops ripening after harvesting. Hence, when buying apricots, make sure to choose ripe pieces which are soft when touched.
– In order to preserve the highest amount of vitamins and nutritional benefits they contains, wash apricots gently and under running water, store them inside the fridge, in the fruits and vegetables compartment, and try to consume them within a maximum of 5 or 6 days.

Apricot “jam”
– Apricot jam is very rich in added sugar.
– It loses a lot of its content in vitamins; its cooking process reduces its content in fibers as well.
– The more apricot jam is low in added sugar, the less time you have to consume it.

Dried apricot
– It is much richer in calories, in sugar, in vitamin A, and in potassium compared with fresh apricot.
– Caution! Dried apricot may also contain some preservatives and sulfite which help improve its appearance and give it an attractive orange color.

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