A Healthy Treat, Apricots

Apricots are a pleasure perfect for snacks and desserts. They are very tasty, easy to digest and rich in fiber and low in calories, virtually fat free nutritional value high. Just three fresh apricots or dried in more than 10 parts of 25% of the recommended daily intake of nutrients, vitamins A beta-carotene in the diet. If food is an antioxidant beta-carotene, a substance that protects against cell damage caused when the body uses oxygen consumed. This damage is thought to be a tool for the development of cardiovascular disease and aging, cancer and other diseases.

Fresh apricots are rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that also helps the body absorb iron. Much of what is lost when they are canned or dried apricots. But how to choose the apricots are rich in iron and potassium, important for the function of nerves and muscles to maintain normal blood pressure and fluid balance in the body help.

All natural apricots contain salicylic acid, a compound similar to the active ingredient in aspirin. People who are allergic to aspirin can cause allergic reactions to eating apricots.

Ounce for ounce, they are also more nutritious than fresh apricots, dried fruit or canned. Dried apricots are only 32% water, while other fruits of 85% water. Apricots are a much more concentrated source of calories, 50 calories in four ounces of fresh apricots, compared to 260 calories in four ounces of dried apricots, about 30 km. If consumed in moderation dried apricots are a convenient and compact power and a good snack.

Apricots are often associated with sulfur dioxide before being dried and treated to preserve color and nutrients. Treatment of sulfite can trigger an asthma attack or allergic reactions in some people. Unless the dried apricots are marked to prevent sulfite free if you have asthma.

Now the question is, when it comes to laetrile apricot seeds. Laetrile and Amygdalin is a substance derived from apricot seeds controversial. Can not be sold legally as a medical treatment, but is available as a dietary supplement in health food stores B17, also known as vitamin. Release and "in other publications or by word of mouth as an alternative treatment for cancer, heart disease, allergies, liver disease and other diseases should be encouraged. Now, many studies have found no benefit from laetrile. Laetrile in apricot seeds for other sources of cyanide. who consume large amounts of laetrile, the risk of cyanide poisoning, and doctors warned that apricot seeds should not be consumed .

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