KiwiFruit (Chinese Gooseberry) – An ideal fruit for better health
Kiwifruit -The power packed fruit
The Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa also known as Chinese Gooseberry ) is native to China and centre of origin is in the mountain ranges of South Western China where it occurs naturally as a deciduous fruiting vine. Interestingly some seeds of Chinese gooseberry i.e. Kiwi fruit were introduced in New Zealand in the beginning of 20th Century from China. The Kiwi fruit is unique in many ways. While most other fruits are attractive in appearance, it is dull brown in colour similar to Sapota. The flesh in cross section is however very beautiful and attractive. It is light green in colour and the seeds are soft and small. The fruit is delicate and the flavour is like strawberry, rhubarb and gooseberry. A ripe fruit has a refreshing, delicate flavour with pleasing aroma and high nutritive value.
Kiwifruit is one of the most nutrient-dense fruits in the world – High Nutritive and Medicinal Value
The fruit is highly acclaimed for its nutritive and medicinal value. It is rich source of Vitamin C and E (twice that of orange and more than Guava, Tomato, and Avocado) and low in calories. It has more fibre than most breakfast cereals. It is rich source of sugar which are mainly glucose and livulose and several minerals such as phosphorus, potassium and calcium. Potassium contents are high i.e. second only to banana but with 40% of calories. In brief Kiwi fruit hold a wealth of health giving property.
Both green and gold kiwifruit are nutritional powerhouses!
Loaded with vitamins and minerals, kiwifruit provides a nutrient dense option that easily outranks other foods and fits into most nutrition plans. Also, kiwifruit’s powerful nutrition doesn’t come with a heavy caloric cost — one serving is less than 100 calories.
Health Benefits of Kiwifruit
• Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
– Powerful antioxidant
Protect the body against cell damaging of free radicals
free radical: increase the risk of cancer and improved iron absorption
Kiwifruit – Promotes heart health
Consumption of 2 kiwifruits each day
– The amount of fats in the blood
– The formation of blood clots The formation of blood clots that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
• Vitamin E
– Fat soluble antioxidant
• Dietary fiber
– Soluble fiber: heart disease, diabetes
– Insoluble fiber cancer
Eye Health: Kiwifruit is the best fruit source of lutein, a phytonutrient scientists believe may protect against age-related macular degeneration(AMD).
Immune Response: Kiwifruit may help improve the body’s natural defense response.
Kiwifruit is the most nutrient dense fruit which we want to eat more frequently ideally which we want to eat more frequently, ideally daily, for better health.