Fruits are packed with vitamins and nutrients and can provide numerous health benefits. Apricots are native to China, but the United States grows 90 percent of the world’s apricots, according to Ann Henderson and Charlotte Brennand from the Utah State University Extension. These fruits fulfill a wide range of nutritional needs and are easy to pack as snacks, whether fresh or dried.
Vitamin A (Retinol)
Apricots are a good source of vitamin A, also known as retinol. This is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in cellular differentiation, vision and healthy fetal development. It also is involved in immune-system functioning and keeping the skin and mucous membranes healthy. Vitamin A may also help treat acne and skin problems, promote healthy vision, reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and maintain bone strength. It may also be important in neurological functioning.
Apricots are a good source of dietary fiber, something your body needs to help with good intestinal function, and may help reduce blood pressure, says the University of Colorado Extension. One cup of apricots contains approximately 3 grams of fiber.