Nutritional Information for Apricots

Fresh apricots can be a delightful treat in the summertime. Dried apricots are perfectly fine to eat as well (try to find ones without sulfur preservatives). Apricots, often referred to as “stone-fruit” due to having a pit, are a wonderful fruit to add into your diet.



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Benefits of Apricots

Cancer Prevention Benefits

Apricots rank very high in antioxidant capacity. They are also one fruit that contains lignins – thought to be an anticarcinogenic compound.  The carotenoids in apricots may be another reason why they help protect against cancer. Men eating more whole foods rich in carotenoids, such as beta-carotene (though not beta carotene supplements), have been shown to have less risk of lung cancer. Eating fruit has also been found to be associated with a reduced risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, and digestive tract.

Men's Health Benefits

Eating whole fruits, in general, tends to promote health and wellness. Men consuming just 2-3 cups of fruit per day may have less risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension.

Ways to Use Apricots

  • Snack on dried apricots or other dried fruit.
  • Add to oatmeal.
  • Add fresh apricots to overnight oats or toss onto salads.
  • Enjoy fresh or dried apricots in the morning with granola, plant-based milk, and dairy-free, unsweetened yogurt (e.g. organic soy or coconut based yogurt). 
Resources for Apricots

American Institute for Cancer Research:

Nutrition Facts:

Physicians Committee:

USDA Nutrient Database: Apricots


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