Apricot

Apricot
(Prunus armeniaca)

The Apricot is a small tree, classified with the plum. The fruit is a drupe, yellow to orange in colour. There is a single seed in the middle. The native of Apricot is said to be China. Greek physicians regarded it as a food medicine.
Research on Apricots says that it possess the highest levels and widest variety of carotenoids. Carotenoids prevent heart diseases and protects from cancer.

100 grams Apricot contains:
(The values are approximate only and not exact)

Energy              : 241 Kcal
Carbohydrates  : 63gm
Sugar               : 53gm
Protein             : 3.4gm
Fat                   : 0.5gm
Fibre                : 7gm
Calcium            : 100mg
Phosphorous    : 70mg
Iron                  : 4.6mg
Vitamin A         : 180µg
Vitamin C         : 2mg
Vitamin E         : 4.33mg
Niacin              : 2.59mg
Magnesium       : 32mg
Potassium         : 1.16gm
Sodium             : 10mg

Medicinal Uses:

* Apricot is excellent for anaemia due to its high content of iron.
* Apricot is a good remedy for constipation. Regular use of apricot stimulates smooth bowel movement due to its high fibre. Eat 2 or 3 to see the effect.
* Apricot maintains good health.