Why You Should be Eating More Apricots
Apricots are the small, golden orange fruits, with velvety soft skin and tender flesh. Unlike peaches that can have a stringy fibrous bite, apricots have a smooth, solid mouthfeel. Some describe their flavor as slightly musky, with a faint tartness that is more like a plum than a peach.
Protection Against Free Radicals
Apricots have a number of potent antioxidants that can protect you against free radicals. What are free radicals you ask? These roaming damaged cells have incomplete molecular structure and often cause more damage to the DNA of adjacent cells as they move throughout the body. Antioxidants help to keep these free radicals under control. Here are a few of the important antioxidants found in apricots:
- Gallic acid
- Caffeic acid
- Coumaric acid
- Ferulic acid
Protect your eyesight
And you thought carrots were good for your eyes? Apricots are rich in carotenoids and xanthophylls, nutrients that research has shown to improve eyesight and protect your vision as you age. This means eating fruit on a regular basis, and a variety of fruit is best to get the most varied benefits, will help you age more gracefully!
Protection against inflammation
Apricots are on of the fruits that contain catechins, a potent phytonutrient that can protect blood vessels from inflammation. Other catechin-rich foods, like cocoa and tea have been shown to provide blood pressure control and be heart healthy when used as part of a complete diet. One apricot will provide you with 4-5 grams from catechins and can be included as part of your three daily servings of fruit.
When you’re choosing your fruits always choose organic to avoid harmful synthetic pesticides. If possible, know your grower or have a trusted source like Full Circle source your fruit for you. Allow your apricots to ripen fully before consuming, this allows all available phytonutrients to be accessible by your body.