The kiwi is a small fruit that is jam packed in nutrition. Ounce for ounce, it contains more vitamin C than an orange. The national fruit of China, where it has been called a macaque peach, vine pear, or hairy bush fruit, among other names, it was introduced to New Zealand at the turn of the last century.
The kiwi was called the Chinese gooseberry before its name was changed to kiwifruit upon its move to the USA in the 60’s. Currently, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, France, Japan and the United States are the world’s top producers of kiwis and it is also low GI which is great news for those who suffer from type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Lets take a look at some of the amazing health benefits!
Kiwi Seeds And Your Skin:
The skin and seeds also have a significant nutritional benefits. They contain an oil that is high in omega-3 fatty acids as well as alpha-linoleic acids. These two essential acids are not produced by the body and therefore must be acquired through diet. They are paramount in contributing to joint, heart and metabolic health. Kiwi fruit skin is edible and is another source of excellent dietary fiber as well as a flavonoid antioxidant.
Kiwi And Eye Health:
Nearly 2 million people in the United States, particularly diabetics suffer from vision loss related to macular degeneration, a deterioration of the retina that is often associated with age, according to Dr. Sherri Nordstrom Stastny, Ph.D., LRD, and Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., LRD, of North Dakota State University. The center of your retina, your macula, is made of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids related to beta-carotene. Your body uses these phytochemicals to make vitamin A. One cup contains 220 micro-grams of lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help rebuild your macula and prevent this disease.
Kiwi And Heart Disease?
Eating 2-3 a day has been shown to reduce the potential of blood clotting by 18% and reduce triglycerides by 15%. Many individuals take aspirin to reduce blood clotting, but this causes many side effects including inflammation and intestinal bleeding. Kiwi fruit has the same anti-clotting benefits with no side effects, just additional health benefits!
- Look for a fruit that is plump and fragrant with no visible bruising or wrinkles and a slightly firm feel
- Kiwis ripen quickly when placed in either a paper or plastic bag with a banana. However, once they are ripened, store them away from other fruit or they will decompose more quickly!
- Ripe kiwi fruit can last in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
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