A summer favorite of adults and children - apricot - began to grow more than 6 thousand years ago. From Latin its name is translated as "Armenian apple". It can be assumed that the homeland of the sun fruit is no less sunny Armenia. However, around the same time it is being grown on the plantations of China and India. Until now, the exact place of origin of fruit scientists can not be named.
Apricots are loved by everyone
Today, the fruits of apricot trees can be bought in any corner of Russia and almost at any time of the year. Russian apricot trees growing in the southern regions of the country bear fruit in the summer. In the middle of June you can find ripe fruit. At other times of the year apricots on the shelves of shops and markets appear from countries with a milder climate. For example, in the Mediterranean countries the fruits ripen back in March.
Fruit adores both adults and children for its juiciness, unique pleasant taste and exquisite aroma.
Many slimming women use apricot, the caloric value per 100 grams of which is very low, and the delicious fruit is not able to harm the figure.
The hospitable mistresses make preparations for the winter: fruit compotes, fragrant jams and tasty jams. A drop of summer among the harsh winter will bring fragrant apricots.
Apricot: composition and calorie content
In order to ensure that this product is harmless to the figure, and its sweetness does not remain an extra load on its sides, it is necessary to study its composition.
Depending on the type of apricot, the calorie content per 100 grams of product can be in the range of 41-48 kcal. This is a very pleasant information for slimming people, which is engaged in calculating calories. Thus, apricot, the calorie content of 100 grams of which is explained by the high fiber content, is a real find for a healthy human diet.
Due to the high nutritional value, apricots in natural or dried form can be found in many dietary food regimes. There he also fell for the ability to cleanse the intestines of toxins and toxins.
What is the use of apricots?
In addition, the value of apricots lies in the content of a variety of micro- and macroelements. Thanks to the presence of potassium, fruit is useful for people with cardiovascular diseases. Calcium is useful for the skeleton, strengthens bone tissue. Magnesium and phosphorus help improve memory. Iodine, iron, fluoride and many other microelements make this product highly valuable.
Apricots contain a lot of fruit acids: apple, wine, lemon, salicylic. Together with terpenes (limonene, geraniol, myrcene), they give the same unique flavor to sunny fruits.
Its merits include its positive impact on the young growing body: in addition to the fact that apricot is a natural growth stimulant, it improves cerebral circulation and enhances the protective functions of the human body, creating a barrier to the development of some even serious diseases.
Sunny fruit, vitamins sea
In apricots a lot of vitamins A, E, and C. A little less vitamin B and PP.
Vitamin A - an antioxidant, participates in the formation of proteins, inhibits the aging of the body, regulates metabolism, especially lipid: prevents the deposition of fats.
Vitamin E is an immunity aide, has antioxidant properties.
Vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, prevents the deposition of fats and the formation of cholesterol plaques.
B and PP vitamins are responsible for the normal development of the body and its circulatory, nervous and digestive systems. Necessary for normal blood supply to the brain.
Regular use of apricots contributes to the normalization of metabolic processes and the natural removal of fats from the body.
Due to low caloric content and high levels of nutrients, apricots are a very valuable vitamin food product. They must be used to maintain immunity and help their blood and digestive systems.
Negative consequences and warnings
In sunny fruits contain a large amount of sugars, so people with diabetes should eat them with caution, and it is better and completely abandon their use.
To fans of nucleoli of apricot kernels in a raw kind it is necessary to limit their use by 5-7 pieces in day, as in them the amigdoline is contained. This substance under the influence of digestive juices is converted into the intestine into cyanide acid - a dangerous poisonous compound.
Provitamin A and carotene from apricots are not absorbed by the body of people suffering from diseases of the liver and thyroid gland.
It is not recommended to eat apricots on an empty stomach. They increase the acidity of gastric juice. Acting on the intestinal mucosa, can cause seizures of chronic diseases, ulcers and pancreatitis.
Apricot: calorie content 1 pc.
Ripe fruits of apricot trees almost do not differ in weight and size. This is a small rounded fruit from pale yellow to bright orange with a large bone. Since it is recommended to eat only a few fruits a day, and not a kilogram of apricot, the calorie content is 1 pc. it will be useful to know for health and figure. Since the established average weight of the fruit is 26 grams, then its caloric value is considered to be 10 kcal. Accordingly, 100 grams of apricots contain about 40 kcal.
Caloric content of green apricots
Many people from childhood like an unripe apricot green. The calorie content of such a fruit is practically the same as a ripe fruit. But the effect on the digestive organs is greater. It is not recommended to get carried away by unripe fruits to people who have diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Types of dried fruits from apricots
In addition to preserving apricots, the drying of fruits is common. At the same time, the concentration of nutrients increases, as all water evaporates, and shriveled dried fruits are not at all worse than fresh ones, since they have significant advantages.
There are 3 types of dried fruits from apricots: apricots, dried apricots and kaisas. The most valuable of these is the apricot: fruits are dried directly on the trees. Ripe fruit is not collected, but left to dry in the sun. Uryuk is considered to be the record holder for potassium content among all dried fruits from apricots.
Dried apricots - dried halves of apricots pitted. Prevents the development of cancer.
Kaisa - dried whole apricots pitted.
Have no less useful properties of infusions of dried fruits.