Kiwi fruit benefits are gaining the attention of many
health-conscious individuals the world over. Its strong content of vitamin C,
antioxidants and fiber is what is capturing the attention of these individuals
Kiwi fruit refers to the berry of a cultivar group of the vine Actinidia deliciosa and other species in the Actinidia genus. This genus is native to North East Asia, particularly South China.
The kiwi fruit is oval in shape, and typically measures
about 7 centimeters long and 5 centimeters in diameter (about the size of a
tennis ball). It has vivid green flesh with rows of small, black, edible seeds.
The kiwi fruit is covered by a dull brown skin. It has a unique sweet/sour
tangy flavor that is reminiscent of a mix of bananas, strawberries, and melons.
The kiwi fruit is today commercially grown in countries such as Italy, China,
and New Zealand.
Originally known as Chinese gooseberry, the fruit was
renamed kiwi fruit by New Zealand exporters in the 1950s. This name is taken
from the national bird of New Zealand.
The kiwi fruit is often eaten as is. It is peeled before it
is sliced. It may also be added to green salads. Kiwi fruit can also be added
with other citric fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries,
and may be enjoyed with yogurt. It can also be added to chutney mix that can
accompany chicken or fish.
The following are the nutrients and other beneficial
constituents that are found in kiwi fruit:
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
- vitamin A
The vitamin C content in kiwi fruit is said to be greater
than that found in oranges. Kiwi fruit has been proven to be a natural blood
thinner. There have been studies that show that consuming 2 to 3 kiwi fruits
each day for 1 month cause considerable thinning of the blood. This helps in
reducing blood clot risks and reduces fats in the blood that may lead to
Due to the presence of oxalic acid in kiwi fruit, people
with existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problems may want to avoid
eating this fruit.
The following are the kiwi fruit benefits that may be
derived from eating this superfood:
- Kiwi fruit may be helpful in lowering blood pressure and thus may contribute to the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
- Kiwi fruit may be helpful in protecting against cancer.
- Kiwi fruit may help in the prevention of asthma and other respiratory ailments in children.
- Kiwi fruit may help in the prevention of diabetes.
- Kiwi fruit may help in strengthening the immune system to fight against diseases and ailments caused by bacteria and viruses.
- Kiwi fruit may help reduce the risk for macular degeneration.
- Kiwi fruit may help in the prevention of anemia.
- Kiwi fruit may aid in cell development.