I have really come to appreciate this small, fuzzy, and tasty fruit since living in New Zealand for the past 3 months. I also discovered that kiwis can come in all sizes from as small as a grape to as large as a tomato and come in green or yellow colors. They are great alone, in salads, shakes, and of course desserts. Even though the kiwifruit is generally associated with New Zealand, it’s actually a native fruit of China. Originally called Yang Tao, the Chinese used the kiwifruit as a tonic for children and women after childbirth or chronic illness due to its high nutritional value. In 1904 the kiwifruit arrived first in the United States and later in 1906 found its way to New Zealand, where its popularity soared.
10 Facts about the Kiwifruit
1. Contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The black seeds of a kiwi fruit contain the all important omega-3 and essential fatty acids that the body needs to help maintain heart, joints and metabolic health
2. Rich in vitamin C
There is twice as much vitamin C in kiwifruit as there are in oranges. Vitamin C boosts the body’s immune system, aids in fighting off infections, and repairs tissues.
3. Other vitamins that kiwifruit are especially high in compared to other fruit
Kiwifruit is a great low fat natural source of vitamin E, which is well known for its heart health and antioxidant properties.
Kiwifruit is a natural source of folate which women take to help prevent neural defects in their unborn babies. It also assists in brain and cognitive development in children and combats cardiovascular disease.
A kiwifruit has about the same level of potassium as a banana, making it an excellent low-sodium option to access potassium.
4. Good source of the carotenoid lutein
Kiwifruit not only has one of the highest concentrations of lutein in fruits - but the lutein in kiwifruit has recently been shown to be highly bioaccessible.
5. Naturally high in antioxidants and other potentially-beneficial phytochemicals
Eating kiwifruit will provide your daily intake of antioxidants, such as polyphenols and carotenoids, to help fight the damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.
6. Help improve the function of your immune system
Kiwifruit help to ward off the effects of stress, inflammation, and attacks from bacteria and viruses.
7. Eating just two kiwifruit a day has been proven to reduce the amount of oxidative damage to your cells and improve the repair of damaged Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) caused by oxidative stress
This has been shown in human studies both in New Zealand and Europe.
8. Eating kiwifruit with a meal reduces the oxidative stress on your body from that meal - especially if it is high-fat food
Researchers in the United States found that people who ate kiwifruit with or after a meal had a marked reduction in the markers of oxidative stress.
9. Just two to three kiwifruit a day has been shown to reduce blood platelet aggregation
Research studies in Sweden have shown that 2 kiwi fruit daily can reduce platelet aggregation that contributes to arterial and blood vessel blocking,.
10. Kiwifruit are really great to relieve that bloated and blocked feeling
Because of its unique combination of fiber and other components, kiwifruit is widely recognized as natural digestive aid.
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