Thursday, 17 February 2011

Apricots - Sainsbury's Taste the Difference

In all fairness to Sainsbury's, these ready to eat Apricots are delicious and in my view the nicest tasting I've tried.

They're very soft compared to other dried / semi dried apricots with no chewing at all.  Just pop one in your mouth, push it around with your tongue and enjoy the lovely sweet caramel-like flavour - they really are nice!  According to the blurb on the packet, they are sun-dried and preserved using a steam process that is chemical free.  That's brilliant - none of that 'orrible sulphur you get with those chewy, bright orange ones you can also get.

In terms of their nutritional benefits, they're packed full of goodness; low in fat and fairly high in fibre (5.4g per 100g).  According to my wife's excellent "Eat for Immunity" book (by Kirsten Hartvig), apricots provide Vitamins A, B2, B3, B5, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, iron, zinc and a variety of sugars.  Their effect is one of detoxifying and are an antioxidant and stimulate the immune system.

Additionally, according to the book, they contribute to efficient antibody production, help stabilize blood sugar levels, keep muscles, nerves and hormones working properly and facilitate the release of energy from food.  The list goes on....

While not exactly cheap on the face of it, when you consider the wide ranging health benefits these do become impressive snacks.  In some ways, because they are so sweet, eating them is almost like having chocolates!

Highly recommended for anyone taking care of their health in a delicious kind of way!

Please take a look at my blog post on Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Dried Figs - just click here

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