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Apricots are very nutritious and contain many essential vitamins and minerals.
Apricots are a great source of the following antioxidants: beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
They also contain a group of polyphenol antioxidants called flavonoids (chlorogenic acids, catechins, and quercetin), which have been shown to protect against illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease.
These flavonoid compounds work to neutralize free radicals, which are harmful compounds that damage your cells and cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is linked to obesity and many chronic diseases, including heart disease.
Apricots are great consumed raw, and you can also add them sliced in salads, yogurt, oatmeal, muffins, and oat bars.
Apricots can be used in cooking and are great with many poultry and pork dishes.
A serving is 3 fresh apricots or 3-4 dried apricots.