The nutritional and health benefits of eating kiwi fruits
Small in size, but don’t be deceived with its physical appearance, since New Zealand’s kiwi fruit is packed with beneficial nutrients (vitamins and minerals) that can help you be in top shape. Kiwi fruit is not only nice and fun to eat since it has a lot of medicinal properties too. Mildly sweet and tangy, kiwi fruit can be eaten right away when peeled and can also be served as an additive to various treats, desserts, salads and smoothies. A kiwi fruit only has 50 calories, so you can eat them with zest and without the guilt.
Like other fruits that are packed with vitamin C, a kiwi fruit has almost two times the amount of vitamin C of an orange. This useful vitamin may help you avoid cardiovascular disease and skin wrinkles. It is also tried and tested in warding off immune system deficiencies and cancer.
Kiwi has two kinds of fiber: the soluble fiber that helps you avoid diabetes and shields you from heart disease and the insoluble fiber which helps you avoid hemorrhoids, constipation and some cancer diseases.
Kiwi is also in abundance of folic acid than almost any other food found all over the planet. Folic acid is essential in the reproduction of red blood cells, which transport oxygen to cells all over the body. If your body produces small amount of red blood cells, this will set the stage for anemia.
Most says that yellow corn can decrease having a macular degeneration, but kiwi also contain great amount of lutein, which is a powerful antioxidant found on fruits or vegetables.
Lutein may lessen the risk of age-related and advanced macular degeneration, a disease that can impair your central vision and affect your ability to see clearly.
Kiwi is also good for the heart. A kiwi fruit a day may lower risk of blood clots by virtue of decreasing platelet aggregation (clumping of platelets in the blood) by 18%. It will also decrease your triglyceride (fats in blood) count by 15%, thus this decreases the risk for heart disease and stroke.
So if you want to keep your family healthy, adding kiwi fruit in your shopping list is a must!
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