Kiwifruit or Yang Tao as it was known in ancient China was discovered in the Chang Kiang Valley. The Great Genghis Khan enjoyed this fine fruit and considered it as a delicacy. The fruit somehow reached other countries and was given another name, Chinese gooseberry. It gained commercial success in New Zealand. In the United States, California is the largest producer of kiwifruit.
Kiwifruit belongs to the family of actinidiaceae with 60 different species. This dioecious plants are usually cultivated in temperate regions around the globe. It grows as a vine and can reach 33 feet in length. The leaves are heart shaped dark green color and are arranged spirally on the stem. Kiwifruit is relatively small, roughly 3 inches long and have a furry brown skin with bright green flesh and a circle of black seeds in the middle. Its taste is refreshingly good which is a cross between melon and strawberry and yet it’s very kiwi. It can produce fruit for a good 30 years.
What makes this superfruit overflowing with health benefits? As compared with other fruits, kiwifruit has the highest amount of vitamins per gram with a low calorie count of only 46 for a medium size fruit. It contains double the number amount of vitamin C found in oranges. It is also an abundant source of vitamin E and K as well as essential minerals and numerous phytonutrients.
Do like to know the benefits you can get from eating this amazing fruit? Well, here are just some of the countless healthy stuff it can offer. Kiwi has a glycemic load of only four, which is not enough to cause you blood glucose level to shoot up. This is good news for persons suffering from diabetes. When consumed on a daily basis, this fruit can cut down triglycerides by 15% and also reduce the potential of blood clotting. Being rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, it is capable of protecting you against macular degeneration and other eye diseases. It has actinidain that helps you digest food. The special combination of antioxidant in kiwifruit can protect your DNA cells from oxidative damage. To help you manage your blood pressure level, this fruit can supply your required potassium needs. It is a storehouse of both soluble and insoluble fiber to maintain your proper cholesterol level thus keeping your heart healthy. On top of these, kiwifruit is also a fat buster, immune booster and toxin binder.
Eating kiwifruit in moderate amount is safe for most individuals, even for pregnant and nursing women. If you are allergic to latex, it’s best to avoid eating kiwifruit which may cause vomiting and difficulty in swallowing.
Tired with apples and grapes? How about digging in on some kiwifruit? I’m on my third piece for the day!
Stay fit. Eat healthy. Enjoy life.
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