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Health Benefits of Kiwi Fruit

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Kiwi fruit, also known as Chinese gooseberry or Macaque peach, is the national fruit of China.

The sweet fruit tastes like a combination of pineapple, banana and strawberry. Named after the flightless brown bird kiwi, the fruit is a delight to the taste buds and is loved by all.

Health Benefits of Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis) originated in the Chang Kiang valley of China. Botanists renamed the commonly used fruit variety as A. deliciosa in 1984 and reserved the name A. chinensis for the yellow-fleshed kiwifruit.

Since ancient times, Chinese used it as a health tonic, especially, for women after childbirth and for children to enhance immunity. In the early 1900, kiwi fruit was first exported to Asia as an ornamental vine. Americans tasted the fruit in the year 1904 and it reached New Zealand in 1906. The potential nutritional benefits of the exotic fruit were identified by the New Zealanders and they started cultivating it commercially.

Kiwi fruit has a brown hairy peel with white pulp and green flesh. It has tiny black seeds and green creamy and yummy flesh. Immature fruits are hard while mature ones are softer and yield to little pressure. They are full of vitamin C and act as good appetizers in salads, fish, meat dishes, puddings, cakes and pies. However most of us are unaware about the varied heath benefits of this delicious fruit.

Nutrient Values in Kiwi Fruit

The kiwi fruit is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, dietary fiber and magnesium. It contains low amount of sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat.

A serving of 177g of kiwi fruit contains -

Bullet Calories - 108
Bullet Carbohydrate - 26g
Bullet Dietary fiber - 5g
Bullet Vitamin C - 133mg
Bullet Protein - 2g
Bullet Sodium - 5mg
Bullet Sugar - 16g
Bullet Calcium - 6 percent
Bullet Vitamin E - 3 percent
Bullet Iron - 3 percent

Health Benefits of Kiwifruit

The fruit plays an important role in facilitating weight loss and promotes general health and wellness.

Weight Loss

Owing to ant-oxidant properties, kiwi fruit is effective in protecting against Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD).

Kiwi fruit has more vitamin C than equal amount of oranges. Children fed 5-7 portions of kiwi fruit developed 44 percent less chances of being affected by wheezing as compared to those who were fed once a week, according to an Italian study published in the Thorax, an International Journal of Respiratory Medicine (BMJ group).

Another study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that kiwi fruit consumption could significantly improve sleep quality in adults with sleep problems.

Good Sleep

Eat this delicious fruit by peeling and slicing it or add it to a fruit salad. Use it to make chutney or blend it to prepare a chilled soup whatever way you use it, the nutritional benefits remain the same.

Kiwifruit, gold, raw

The nutritional values of "Kiwifruit, gold, raw" per 100 grams are:

Nutrition Summary
Total Calories 60
Protein 1.2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 14.2 g
NutrientsAmount%Daily Value
Calcium, Ca 20 mg 2 %
Copper, Cu 0.15 mg 7.35 %
Iron, Fe 0.29  mg 1.61 %
Magnesium, Mg 14 mg 3.5 %
Manganese, Mn 0.06 mg 2.9 %
Phosphorus, P 29 mg 2.9 %
Potassium, K 316  mg 9.03 %
Selenium, Se 3.1 mcg 4.43 %
Sodium, Na 3 mg 0.12 %
Zinc, Zn 0.1 mg 0.67 %
Vitamin A 72  IU 1.44 %
Vitamin C 105.4 mg 175.67 %
Vitamin B6 0.06 mg 2.85 %
Vitamin E 1.49 mg 4.97 %
Vitamin K 5.5  mcg 6.88 %
Riboflavin 0.05  mg 2.71 %
Thiamin 0.02 mg 1.6 %
Folate, DFE ~
Niacin 0.28  mg 1.4 %
Sugars 10.98 g
Fiber 2  g 8 %
Cholesterol ~
Water 83.22 g
Carotene, alpha 0 mcg
Carotene, beta 43  mcg
Choline 5 mg
Lycopene 0  mcg
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Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

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thanks for the interaction column. Have both High blood pres sure and Diabetic. please advise best fruits to eat in plenty to reduce risk
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