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The Healthy Fruit You're Not Getting Enough Of

By Stepy Kamei

Fruits are a food that might not be getting the attention and praise they deserve. They're naturally delicious, they provide tons of nutrients, and there's a wide variety of options available to choose from, so you never get bored or stuck with the same taste and texture over and over again. Many of the more common fruits, such as apples, cherries, and strawberries, appear in many classic dishes, from baked goods for breakfast to smoothies and desserts. However, there's one fruit that always seems to be pushed to the side in favor of the more popular choices -- apricots. As it turns out, apricots are some of the most nutritious and most versatile fruits around. Once you learn a little bit more about how apricots can have so many benefits to your health, you may be tempted to find more ways to add them into your diet on a more regular basis.

Apricots 101

Apricots are known as "stone fruits," as well as having the interesting name of "Armenian plums," since they are thought to have originated in that country. They're sort of a combination between peaches and plums, in terms of taste and texture.

The Many Health Benefits of Apricots 

As previously mentioned, apricots are full of nutritional benefits, which will be discussed in a moment. However, it's also important to take note of what is missing from the apricot -- loads of calories. Apricots are refreshingly low in calories, not to mention carbs as well. Yet, this fruit packs 1.5 grams of fiber, 8 percent of the daily value of Vitamins A and C, as well as 4 percent of the daily value of Vitamin E and potassium. All of those nutrients come in just one small apricot, which is truly amazing.

Furthermore, apricots are full of important antioxidants such as lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin. These protect the cells in your body from dangerous and harmful free radicals that come from the sun's harmful UV rays.

All of these benefits serve to improve skin health, boost eye function, encourage positive gut bacteria growth, hydrate the body, and even regulate blood pressure levels.

Easy Ways to Eat More Apricots

There are all kinds of ways to add more apricots into your diet. In general, it's better to consume them fresh, rather than dried, for the most nutritional benefits. Eat slices with Greek yogurt and honey, or bake them into a scone for breakfast. Add them on top of a light salad for a delicious lunch, or marinate them along with chicken for a Mediterranean-style dinner.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Davie, Fla.  

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