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Why is it so important to add dried apricots to your diet?

This amazing tasty fruit dates back to 3000 years ago. Some sources say that apricots were first grown in ancient China, other sources say that Armenia is the first home of this sweet orange-yellow fruit.

The benefits of dried apricots used by Mother Nature Healthy delights derive from the sun-drying process that strips the fruits of their water content without harming, altering, or reducing the potency of the nutritional value of the apricots. As a result, nutrients are concentrated and distilled into a much more potent form, highlighting even more of the benefits of the fruit. For example, in dried apricots, you can find 12 times more beta-carotene than in fresh fruit.  In fact, five pounds of fresh apricots can be dried to produce just one pound of dried apricots, so you can eat more per serving and get more nutrients out of each bite.

 Dried fruits are an easy and practical source of vitamins, especially if you are in a rush or busy at work. Dried apricots are like a treasure chest filled with precious nutrients – rich in vitamins, folic acid, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and carbohydrates. They have more potassium than bananas and enough fibers that are good for digestion.

Dried Apricots are loaded with beta-carotene.

Beta-carotene is the substance responsible for the formation of vitamin A and is abundant in yellow and dark green leafy vegetables such as carrots, spinach, pumpkins and squash, sweet potatoes and cantaloupes. This extra dose of beta-carotene helps ensure good eyesight and protection from normal causes of vision impairment. People who regularly get a natural dose of vitamin A are better suited to resisting vision deterioration brought about by stress and ageing.

Apricots are a good source of dietary fiber. This overall fiber content supports optimal digestive health. Within the total dietary fiber provided by apricots, about half consists of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is one type of fiber that can help to control blood cholesterol levels.

Fluid levels throughout the body are dependent mainly on two minerals, potassium and sodium. The high amounts of potassium in apricots has been linked to maintaining fluid balance in the body, and ensuring that energy is properly distributed to the right organs and muscles. By maintaining a healthy balance of electrolytes, you can have more energy, reduce cramping, and keep blood and usable energy pumping through your body as you need it. That’s why is a great idea to include dried apricots in your weekly menu.

Apricots are a good source of dietary fiber. Within the total dietary fiber provided by apricots, about half consists of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is one type of fiber that can help to control blood cholesterol levels. 

Aren’t dried apricots fantastic?!

These delicious fruits are nutritional powerhouses and can help you feel wonderful. Mother Nature Healthy Delights uses only sun-dried apricots when creating healthy snacks.  

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