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Health benefits of dried apricots

We all know how important it is to include plenty of fruit and vegetables in our diets. But it can be hard to get the recommended daily amount, especially if you’re always on the go.

Dried fruit might be the answer. While dried varieties of your favourite fresh fruits have had some negative attention, they can be a nutritious addition to your diet when enjoyed in moderation. They’re full of healthy nutrients and are handy to carry with you when you’re out and about1.

Dried apricots are often a favourite when it comes to dried fruits. If you’re wondering what the health benefits of dry apricots are, we’ve got all you need to know below.

The nutritional profile of dried apricots

Are dried apricots good for you? The answer is, yes! Dry apricots contain plenty of essential nutrients, like vitamin C, vitamin A, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. They also include a fair amount of fibre.

A 28g serving of dried apricots typically includes:

  • Calories: 67 calories

  • Carbohydrates: 5g

  • Protein: 1g

  • Fat: trace

  • Sugar: 15g

  • Fibre: 2g2

Dried apricots are naturally high in sugar, so try to eat them in moderation. Despite the fact they have a very low-fat content, your overall calorie intake can become relatively high if you don’t stick to the recommended portion.

The health benefits of dried apricots

The health benefits of dried apricots can include:

  • Improved eye health
  • Cell repair
  • Supported immune system
  • Improved heart health
  • Better digestion
  • Reduced risk of diabetes3

Like with any food or supplement, stop eating dried apricots if you notice any unwanted side effects. Generally, though, dried apricots are safe to eat.

The differences between dried and fresh apricots

The main difference between fried and fresh apricots is the calorie content. A cup of fresh apricots tends to have around 75 calories. In comparison, the equivalent in the dried variety comes in at 212 calories.

There are some differences in their nutrient profiles too. Because apricots are dried using heat, nutrients like vitamin C are reduced. However, the fibre content does go up for the dry varieties4. It can be easy to overeat dried apricots. They’re a lot smaller than their fresh counterparts, and it’s easy to forget that each half is equivalent to half a fresh apricot. If you’re trying to lose weight or want to keep an eye on your calorie intake, it might be better to choose the fresh fruit. Or, portion out your favourite dried snack instead of eating from the bag5.

Despite this, their nutrient profile can make them an excellent choice for bringing with you on the go. They may be a better choice than other convenient options, like chocolate bars and sweets.

Last Updated: 12th October 2020

Sources
  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/apricots-benefits
  2. livestrong.com/article/287050-nutritional-value-of-dried-apricots/
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/apricot-benefits
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/science/01qna.html
  5. https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthy-eating/is-eating-dried-fruit-healthy

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