It is one of the star fruits of the summer. And it would be wrong to deprive yourself because it has many virtues for health and is eaten as well in sweet as in salty version.
Apricot, a healthy ally
He is rich in vitamin A, especially in his skin. Two apricots provide about 34% of daily requirements (according to the Ciqual table of nutritional composition of foods). “Vitamin A promoteshydration of the epidermis, explains Audrey Aveaux, dietician-nutritionist. In summer, it also protects the skin from the sun and activates melanin for a beautiful tanned complexion. And all of this in a natural way.
One of the fruits richest in minerals
THE’apricot is one of the most rich in minerals and trace elements. It provides eleven (potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iodine, sodium, zinc and selenium). Remineralize your body for it to work well is important, especially in summer because we sweat more, which eliminates minerals.
the potassium is the most represented mineral : from 11 to 13% of daily needs for two apricots (according to the Ciqual table). “It is essential for regulating blood pressure,” says the dietitian.
Just after comes the copper : between 7 and 9% (according to the Ciqual table) of the daily intake for two fruits. Copper is important for stimulating the natural defenses. Other minerals and trace elements provide less than 2.5% of daily requirements.
Apricot regulates intestinal transit
The apricot provides between 1.3 g and 2.5 g1 of fiber per 100 g, or two apricots. “Its fibers, especially pectins, regulate intestinal transit, which prevents constipation problems, says Audrey Aveaux. Its tangy flavor also stimulates digestive secretions. ”
An anti-aging food
The apricot contains phenols (caffeic and ferulic acids …) and flavonoids (catechol, epicatechol, quercetol …) which give it antioxidant properties, thus protecting the cells of the organism from premature aging. “He has a good Orac score, which measures the antioxidant activity of a food, adds the dietician. That of apricot is 1,100 mg per 100 g (source: USDA Database). Some of these substances also have an anti-inflammatory action.
And thedried apricot ? It is 5 times more energetic than fresh apricot: it provides 271 kcal per 100 g (10 to 12 fruits), against 50 kcal / 100 g (2 to 3 fruits depending on the size) for fresh apricots. This is dry fruit the richest in potassium with a content of 1.09 g per 100 g. It is ideal For sportive people for fight against cramps thanks to its potassium content, this mineral is essential for neuromuscular functioning.
Health precautions before eating an apricot
- In case of’birch pollen allergy, apricot can cause itching, burning in the mouth, lips, throat.
- In case of‘sulfite intolerance : food additives (from E 220 to E 228) are used to prevent dried apricots from browning. They cause headaches, a feeling of tightness of breath or noisy breathing, make your nose run and your eyes weep.
It is not recommended to consume large quantities of apricot kernels, i.e. the seeds found inside the kernel. They containamygdalin, a compound of natural origin that converts to cyanide toxic on digestion. Several cases of poisoning have been reported in recent years in France.
Choosing and storing your apricots
Be careful, the apricot no longer ripens once picked! Ripe, it gives off a delicious fragrance.
- The Bergeron is melting and balanced between its sweet and tangy flavor.
- Orange of Provence is very fragrant and very sweet.
- The Orangeed is juicy and very fragrant.
- The Bergarouge is a large apricot, very juicy and very sweet.
Apricots can be stored for three days in a fruit bowl, out of direct sunlight, and up to five days in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer.
Cooking apricot and healthy recipes
How? ‘Or’ What cook apricot ? In a salty version, it accompanies spinach, foie gras salad. It serves as a garnish for roast veal or pork. Sweet side, it appreciates citrus in foil, dried fruits, or is eaten pan-fried or baked.
Our best healthy recipes with apricot
Roasted apricots with rosemary, a recipe that can be part of a cholesterol-lowering diet Apricot meringue compote, rich in provitamin A, a vitamin necessary for the good condition of the skin Sweet apricots, a recipe without sugar.