The Health Benefits of Kiwi

Today I want to share with you the health benefits of kiwi.  IMG_20140428_111646_689Kiwi is a yummy little fruit that is native to northern China, but today is grown commercially in countries such as Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Greece, and France.

Here is a interesting tidbit of information I found on part of the history of the kiwi.

When the kiwifruit was first brought to and cultivated in New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century it was known at the Chinese Gooseberry.  When the time came to report the fruit, to avoid the high fees charged on berries, the name was changed to the kiwifruit, or kiwi because of the fruits shared characteristics with New Zealand’s national symbol, the kiwi bird, which is also small, brown and fuzzy.

Now for the health benefits of kiwis.  Thanks to the website Medical News Today for the information below.  As always it is very much appreciated.

1.  Kiwis can help you sleep better.  According to a study on the effects of kiwifruit consumption on sleep quality in adults with sleep problems, it was found that kiwi consumption may improve sleep onset, duration, and efficiency in adults with self-reported sleep disturbances.

2.  Kiwifruit is a great source of vitamin C, which is good for the skin.  Collagen, the skins support system, is reliant on vitamin C that is found in a number of fruits, such as kiwi.  Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that works in our bodies as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution and smoke.  Vitamin C also helps smooth wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.

3.  Kiwis have fiber and potassium.  The fiber and potassium in kiwis support heart health. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.  High potassium intake helps to reduce the risk of stroke, protects against the loss of muscle mass, preserves bone mineral density and reduces the formation of kidney stone.

4.  Numerous studies have reported that the kiwi may have a mild laxative effect and could effect and could be used as a dietary supplement especially for elderly individuals experiencing constipation.  Regular consumption of kiwifruit has been shown to promote bulkier, softer and more frequent stool production

5.  Kiwis are low in calories, only 42 calories for a medium size kiwi.  Kiwis also contain vitamin E, copper, vitamin K, choline, magnesium and phosphorus.

As you can see kiwis are a great fuzzy little fruit with lots of benefits.  I would encourage you to pick some up the next time you’re at the grocery store.

Here are some recipes containing kiwi.  Give them a try and enjoy.

Kiwi Lime Pork Ribs

Kiwi Sensation

Kiwi Fruit Salsa

Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

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