There is no doubt that kiwifruit has been a staple beverage for many decades. Aside from being a tasty addition to meals and snacks, kiwifruit is also known for its many nutrients. But what exactly are the health benefits that you can receive from kiwifruit?
You not only get vitamins and minerals when you eat kiwifruit routine, but you also get the immune-supporting natural plant nutrients that act as protectors to the body.
The kiwifruit, native to northern China, was first brought to and cultivated in New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century and was then known as the Chinese Gooseberry. When the time came to export the fruit, to avoid the high duties charged on berries, the name was changed to the kiwifruit, or kiwi because of the fruits shared characteristics with New Zealand’s national symbol, the kiwi bird, which is also small, brown and fuzzy.
Kiwifruit are a nutrient dense food, meaning they are high in nutrients and low in calories. Kiwifruit is a tangy, mildly sweet berry with a creamy texture and a fuzzy peel. Inside lays black seeds encased in a white center. It resembles an egg in shape and size, but slightly bigger. It can be added to smoothies, served on salads or eaten alone as a snack.
One of the health benefits of kiwi fruit is that it is chocked full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The possible health benefits of consuming kiwis include maintaining healthy skin tone and texture, reducing blood pressure and preventing heart disease and stroke. This edible fruit lowers your risk of heart disease by reducing the amount of triglycerides in your bloodstream.
Other benefits include bone and tissue development. The high levels of vitamins in this fruit boost immune system function so that it can successfully fight-off harmful free radicals like bone and tissue infections, diseases and viruses. Another health benefit of kiwi fruit is that it is especially good for people who have osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis because it reduces bone and tissue inflammation, strengthens weak and fragile bones and increase mobility.
Kiwi fruit also lowers your risk of asthma, wheezing, coughing and birth defects. Kiwi fruit can also improve respiratory ailments like asthma, wheezing and coughing by reducing inflammation and congestion in your respiratory tract. Another one of the health benefits of kiwi fruit is that it supports fetal growth and development. In fact, this fruit is especially good for pregnant women because it contain a large amount of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that supports fetal neural tube and cognitive development.
Per medium fruit, the kiwi contains:
Protein: 0.8 grams
Total fat: 0.4 grams
Fiber: 2.1 grams
Vitamin C: 64 milligrams
Vitamin A: 3 micrograms
Iron: 0.2 milligrams
Potassium: 252 milligrams
Folate: 17 micrograms.
The fuzzy little kiwi also packs in the vital nutrients vitamin E, copper, vitamin K, choline, magnesium and phosphorus.
The kiwifruit is higher in vitamin C per ounce than most other fruits. Children fed 5-7 portions of kiwi fruit developed 44 percent less chances of being affected by wheezing as compared to those who were fed once a week, according to an Italian study published in the Thorax, an International Journal of Respiratory Medicine (BMJ group).
Another study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that kiwi fruit consumption could significantly improve sleep quality in adults with sleep problems.
So, what are you waiting for…try to eat kiwifruit everyday to maintain your health.