SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS OF KIWI
Chances are you don’t get enough fruit servings in your diet. When was the last time you enjoyed a kiwi? Here are some surprising facts that might just persuade you to eat more Kiwi.
The fuzzy fruit is sky-high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which are essential for promoting heart health, regulating digestion, and lowering cholesterol levels-that’s a winning trifecta.
LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX
Kiwifruit’s fiber content (as high as many whole grain cereals!) contributes to its moderate to low glycemic index of 52, meaning that this fruity, green gem does not rapidly raise blood glucose levels-great news for individuals suffering from diabetes.
Kiwifruit has also been considered a “nutritional all-star,” as Rutgers University researchers found that kiwifruit has the best nutrient density of 21 commonly consumed fruits.
Along with vitamin C, kiwifruit are rich in many bioactive compounds that have antioxidant capacity to help to protect against free radicals, harmful by-products produced in the body.
Women of childbearing age will be happy to know that kiwifruit is also a great source of folic acid, a nutrient that has been shown to prevent against neural tube defects.
If you want clean energy, think of kiwifruit because they’re rich in magnesium, a nutrient essential to convert food into energy.
A kiwifruit also doubles as a peeper-keeper by supplying your eyes with protective lutein, a carotenoid that’s concentrated in eye tissues and helps protect against harmful free radicals.
Kiwifruit is also packed with blood pressure-lowering potassium. In fact, a 100-gram serving of kiwifruit-that’s about one large kiwi-provides 15% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of potassium.
Kiwifruit has been growing in New Zealand for over 100 years. Once the fruit gained in popularity, other countries started to grow them including Italy, France, Chile, Japan, South Korea and Spain.
At first, kiwi's were referred to as ‘Yang Tao’ or ‘Chinese Gooseberry,’ but the name was ultimately changed to kiwi fruit so that everyone would know where the fruit came from.
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