A fruit from China, kiwi arrived in Europe in the late XIX century, and then expanding to other continents. These were named kiwi fruit from New Zealand’s home bird with the same name.
Kiwi fruit is the richest in nutrients. It contains a large amount of vitamin C, even more than an orange, thus providing the daily dose of vitamin C for an adult. Those who eat this fruit should know that it contains other healthy components such as calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, fiber, potassium, vitamin E, reaching only 45 calories.
Its ability to protect the body from free radicals astonished even the researchers. The main water-soluble antioxidant, is vitamin C, which is plenty in the kiwi fruit: its role being to reduce the severity of conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, colon cancer, atherosclerosis, heart problems and diabetes.
Alleviates respiratory problems:
Protective effects were found after a study on a sample of children aged 6-7 years who consumed kiwi fruit, reducing the risk of respiratory problems. They have reduced the number of episodes of wheezing by 44%, compared with other children. The benefits were very obvious in children with asthma and protective effects were observed in those who consumed even one fruit a week.
Protects your eyes against macular degeneration:
According to a medical study, three servings of fruits consumed each day reduced by 36% the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people. If three servings of fruit seems a lot, try to use them for decorating various foods. Place kiwi over cereal you eat in the morning, in yogurt as a snack, in salads with herbs and even in combination with fish.
Improves heart and colon health:
Because they are rich in fiber, they reduce the “bad” cholesterol and thus the risk of cardiovascular disease, removes toxins from the colon and prevent colon cancer. Typically, foods high in fiber are recommended for people with diabetes, as these can maintain the normal glucose level.
How to check kiwi fruits:
A good tasting kiwi is primarily a ripe fruit that is soft to the light touch. Fruits that are too wet and soft, does not have a good flavor and taste. If too soft, it can be too old and spoiled.
How to eat kiwi fruits:
Kiwi is best consumed when the fruit is ripe and can be cut in half. So, cut in half, and the core can be directly eaten with a spoon. Or you can peel the hairy skin and cut in slices. Kiwi fruit is always present in fruit salads and compotes, cocktails, syrups. It can be used for decorating various cakes, ice creams and cocktails.
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