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Health benefits of kiwi

Kiwi is fairly unpopular fruit. It is rich in vitamins and has many other health benefits too.

For example consuming it helps lower cholesterol levels and boosts immune system.Kiwi got its name after a native bird of New Zealand, although its true origin is China.

Kiwi gets more popular in winter time when we are even more dependent on high doses of vitamins.

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Is kiwi really that healthy?

At first glance, kiwi looks like a rather unappealing fruit. But there is more to kiwi than needs the eye! It is packed with vitamin C!

One kiwi contains more vitamin C than your typical daily requirement is. An average sized kiwi has more than 90 mg of vitamin C per 100g of weight. Recommended daily intake of vitamin C for adults is between 75-90 mg.

There’s more to kiwi than needs the eye!

Inside green-brown shell there is a delicious bright green or golden flesh with black, eatable seeds. The taste can be compared to a mixture of gooseberries, melons and strawberries.

Kiwi fruit
Kiwi fruit.

People tend to eat kiwi raw (peeled). It can also be an ingredient in fruit salads or act as an extra to desserts, salads or cheese plates.
It is definitely a multipurpose fruit – making a kiwi jam, compote or juice is another way of using this super fruit.

Kiwi contains an enzyme called actinidin that dissolves protein so you should be careful how you use this fruit in your diet.

For example with dishes containing cream kiwi should be added at the very end as milk will curdle if kiwi is put in earlier.

The effect of enzyme is lost if kiwi is peeled and put in hot water for a few minutes.

You should also never mix gelatine with kiwi as gelatine will not harden.

Kiwi nutrition data

Kiwi is a very rich source of vitamin A, C, E and is packed with minerals too (especially potassium). Raw kiwi fruit contains an enzyme actinidin that may cause some people to get allergy (especially people who are also allergic to latex, pineapple and papaya).

Health benefits

It boosts immune system and strengthens blood vessels and connective tissue resulting in an improved blood circulation.

Kiwi Kiwi fruit got its name after this little bird that lives in New Zealand.

Kiwi also contains a lot of magnesium and in combination with vitamin C stimulates the muscles, especially the heart.

Consume kiwi every day

Not just the flesh but also its peel is a good source of antioxidants. It is very easily removed – cut the fruit in half and then scoop out the flesh with a spoon.

How to know if kiwi is good for eating? When you press your finger against the fruit its skin should gently break. This means it’s perfect for eating. If not you can leave the fruit for few more days to mature. Kiwi fruit should be stored in a cool place, away from other fruits. It can be kept outside the refrigerator for several weeks.

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  1. missB June 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Kiwi is great! I eat it every day in the evening…

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