Nothing beats having fruits as your daily snack, but are apricots among the fruits you prefer? Apricots exist as a sweet indispensable fruit during summer that’s a wonderful supplement to your meal plan, especially when you’re diabetic. One apricot holds only 17 calories, besides four grams of carbohydrates.
In fact, four garden-fresh apricots equal a serving that can provide above 50% of your vitamin A daily requirement. These sweet jewels are likewise a good fiber source irrespective of being eaten fresh or dried. And since the apricot’s retinol remains soluble in fat, the fruit breaks up easily causing the essential nutrients to be effortlessly taken up by the body.
Eating apricots can improve digestion and increase metabolism. When consumed dried, a 100-gram serving of apricots cover 200 kilo-calories and includes calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They are low-calorie and perfect for slimming snacking up and about. Also, apricots can keep you feeling full for a maximum of five hours after consumption.
Take note, however, that apricots persist to ripen even after picking. Thus, they must be kept away from heat and sunlight in a room until they are soft to touch and exude a sweet smell. Once ripe, put them in the refrigerator to prevent decomposition, but expect some changes in their taste and texture. Another option, therefore, is to use ripe apricots as a delicious additive to cereals, salads, yogurts, and numerous recipes, such as a marmalade, energy bites, jams, cakes, puddings, crisp bars, and appetizers.