Thursday

New Zealand's Super Secret

Kiwifruit



People are attracted to kiwifruit because of its brilliant green color and exotic taste. But, the real uniqueness of kiwi fruit comes from its health benefits, So how super is this superfood?

Ironically the kiwi fruit is actually not native to New Zealand rather China to be precise. Originally names Yang Tao it was renamed the Chinese Gooseberry in 1960 then renamed kiwi fruit after its importation into the US from New Zealand. Now the kiwifruit is grown commercially in Australia and New Zealand.

Kiwifruit is the most nutrient dense of the top 26 fruits consumed in the world today. 
Kiwifruit is a nutrient-dense fruit that only provides 90 calories per 148-gram serving, most of which come from the 20 grams of carbohydrates present in the fruit. A serving of kiwifruit also provides 16 percent of the daily requirements, of dietary fiber. A single serving of kiwifruit provides 240 percent of the daily requirement, of vitamin C. Kiwifruit also provides about 10 percent of the daily requirements of 
folate, a nutrient that aids in the formation of red blood cells. Health Benefits Kiwifruit contains lutein, an antioxidant that plays an important role in preventing loss of eyesight due to age-related macular degeneration. Antioxidants in kiwifruit may decrease symptoms of asthma such as wheezing and shortness of breath in children. 
Eating kiwi fruit is clearly a healthy choice, and it is particularly useful in these cases:
  • Prevents Asthma
  • Prevents wheezing and coughing, especially in children
  • Protects our DNA from mutations
  • Provides a healthy amount of antioxidants and vitamins which helps improve immunity, fights signs of     aging, heals wounds
  • Helps prevent colon cancer thanks to a high fiber content
  • which helps to lower the risk of heart disease by decreasing blood cholesterol levels.

 The key to enjoying kiwifruit is to eat it when it is ripe and sweet. Kiwifruit can be eaten any time of the day, and you can start your day with a kiwifruit smoothie or make kiwifruit pancakes for breakfast. For lunch, add the emerald green flesh of kiwifruit to shrimp or chicken salad. You can even use pureed kiwifruit as a marinade for meats or for making a healthy dessert sauce to top your favorite ice cream.