The apricot is a member of the same family as plums, peaches and almonds. This fruit is small and yellow, about 4-5 cm of diameter and about 40 g. Consists of a single seed within a hard shell surrounded aromatic tissue, crispy and tasty, wrapped in a thin skin also edible. As for the taste, like plums, they share their acidity and sweetness. The seed is also edible and can be removed from it but must be out of the shell.
These fruits are low in calories: two medium-sized apricots provide less than 40 kcal. However, they provide decent amounts of vitamins, especially a, c and e as well as potassium and fibre.
Large amounts of vitamin a and c provide, along with other bioactive compounds containing, very powerful antioxidant effects. This reduces oxidative stress of cells, slows cell aging and helps proper functioning of the immune system. On the other hand, vitamin a also provides healthy skin. Potassium also is an essential mineral for cardiovascular system regulating blood pressure and heart rate.
It is a very simple food to add to the daily diet: you can add to salads or sliced yogurts, make jam or jelly, add it to the dessert … Or just eat it whole. Yes, if possible, with skin that is where most nutrients accumulate.