All about Kiwis

by Bea February 22nd, 2010 | Diet, Nutrition, Vitamins
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You are about to learn more about the kiwifruit than you probably want to.

Kiwis are among the most nutritionally dense fruits in the world. They are packed with powerful antioxidants and are extremely rich in many vitamins, flavonoids and minerals. They have more Vitamin C than oranges do, as much potassium as bananas have, and a lot of beta-keratin as well.  Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that has been proven to protect our body from free radicals– thereby improving one’s chances of leading a healthier life without all sorts of diseases. Vitamin E is also in kiwis. This vitamin is fat-soluble, therefore it compliments Vitamin C very well.

These fruits are very high in dietary fiber content. Fiber has been proven to reduce cholesterol levels. Not only does it have overall benefits, but it has been shown that consuming fibers also helps to control diseases, such as diabetes, by maintaining sugar levels. It also helps people with colon cancer because of the properties of fiber that allow it to bind to toxic compounds in the colon that then will be expelled.

Kiwis come from the fruit species Actinidia Deliciosa. They are hybrids between this species and others in the genus Actinidia. The kiwifruit originally was known by its Chinese name, yáng táo or Mihou Tao. However, after it was introduced to New Zealand, it was known as the Chinese gooseberry, because people thought that the fruit had a hint of gooseberry flavor. The United States began to import the fruit into the US, but they needed a shorter name that did not show a connection to China and could be connoted quickly to New Zealand.

Here are some other health benefits that studies have shown to be connected to eating the kiwifruit. Eating kiwis prevents asthma and wheezing and coughing (specifically in children). These fruits also help to prevent DNA mutations from occurring.

The kiwifruit is one of the most power-packed fruits on this planet. It is the most nutritionally dense fruit that also happens to taste delicious!

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  1. aria says:

    there is no kiwifruit in my country, but I’ve heard about it. But I don’t know much more. thanks for your nice information. This is very valuable for me

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