Years ago I was introduced to dried apricots as a compact food to pack for canoe trips. Anyone who has experienced portaging understands the need for compact packing. Years later I continue to have dried apricots in the house as a tasty snack food.
With my research into healthier eating these gems came under scrutiny and I was delighted with my findings.
I was ecstatic to see that dried apricots typically do not contain added sweeteners (sometimes disguises as concentrated fruit juice). Yay!
I have so often been disheartened when reading the ingredient lists of packaged dried fruits that often contain sugar or fruit juice (which is somewhat like sugar in disguise). Dried cherries, blueberries, cranberries — to name a few. Remember to read the label.
One serving of dried apricots is about 1/4 cup or 62 ml (43 grams). A good source of Fibre (2.1 g) and Protein (1.1 g), these little golden beauties are also high in Potassium, Vitamin C, Iron, and also contain Vitamin A and Calcium. Getting back to fibre for a moment, apricots are especially high in soluble fibre which is known to promote and help maintain healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
Be aware that sulphites are often used in dried apricots to preserve their colour so choose organic varieties if you are sensitive or have concerns.
I prefer to drink water when I am munching on dried fruit to help to avoid over-indulgence.
And the most important Craving Life criteria — they are mighty tasty; neither too zesty nor too sweet according to my taste buds.