Carb Counts and Health Benefits of Dried Apricots

Dried Apricot Nutritional Information

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The orange color of the apricot is a clue to the high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A it contains.

However, as with all dried fruits, the dehydration concentrates not only the flavor but the sugar as well, which can easily lead to carbohydrate overload.

Portion control is never more important than with dried fruits.

Compare dried apricots with this Carb Profile of Fresh Apricots.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Dried Apricots

  • 1/2 cup dried apricot halves: 36 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 5 grams fiber and 157 calories
  • 1 ounce dried apricots:16 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 67 calories
  • 1 medium dried apricot: 4 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 17 calories

Glycemic Index for Dried Apricots

Two studies of dried apricots had an average glycemic index of 31. Here is more Information About the Glycemic Index.

Glycemic Load of Dried Apricots

  • 1/2 cup dried apricot halves: 20
  • 1 ounce dried apricots:9
  • 1 medium dried apricot: 2

Here is more Information About the Glycemic Load.

Health Benefits of Dried Apricots

Although apricots lose almost all of their vitamin C, and some other nutrients, in the drying process, they are an excellent source of vitamin A, and a good source of potassium. Apricots also contain relatively large amounts of phytonutrients, especially beta-carotene, which may help protect our cells from damage.

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Leroux, MarcusFoster-Powell, Kaye, Holt, Susanna and Brand-Miller, Janette. "International table of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 76, No. 1, 5-56, (2002).

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.

Low-Carb Apricot Recipe

  • Sugar-Free Fruit Jam Guidelines: The issue with making sugar-free jams lies in the pectin which has sugar in it. Follow these guidelines for alternatives to using pectin.

Dried Apricot Equivalents

  • 1 pound dried apricots = 2 3/4 cups
  • 1 pound dried apricots = 5 cups cooked
  • 6 ounces dried apricots = 1 cup
  • 6 ounces dried apricots = 2 cups cooked

Nectar of the Gods

Apricot lore has it that the term "nectar of the gods" refers to the juice and pulp of fresh apricots which was reputedly the drink of choice of the Greek and Roman gods.

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