6 reasons to love Kiwi
They add a little green and zing sweet to your fruit salad. Here are six more reasons to put this small, translucent fruit into your grocery basket more often:
1. They pack an immune-boosting vitamin C. Each small kiwifruit has almost the same amount of vitamin C as all medium oranges, which can provide the same amount of vitamin as adult women need all day. Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system, and it also acts as an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells against damage. Some studies have linked vitamin C to a lower risk for some types of cancer.
2. They are available year round. Kiwi is grown in different regions of the world, from New Zealand and China to California. So you can find them at grocery stores throughout the year even in winter, when some other fruits are scarce (or prices).
3. They help digestion. A two-serving kiwifruit diet provides four grams of fiber, as much as a bowl of oatmeal. You will get more fiber if you eat the skin too (yes, the skin is completely edible!). Kiwi has both types of fiber – soluble fiber, which helps keep you full and avoids eating too much, and insoluble fiber, helps keep you regular. Kiwifruit also contains a special enzyme called Actinidin, which is believed to aid digestion by helping your body break down proteins.
4. They had plenty of potassium as a banana. One serving of two kiwi has a lot of potassium as a medium banana. That mineral is important because it acts like a kryptonite for sodium, reducing the negative effects of sodium on your blood pressure. Since most adults do not have enough fruits and vegetables every day, most people do not get enough potassium.
5. They keep for weeks. Some fruits are very delicate, you have to hurry up and eat it before it rots (I’m looking at you, red raspberries). But in a crisper drawer, the kiwi will really keep in the fridge for a month. When you’re ready to eat one, put it on the counter if you still feel sure. It is ripe and ready when it gives a bit when pressed lightly.
6. They come in their own biodegradable bowl. You can peel and cut a kiwi in the usual way. Or you can cut half ripe and scoop soft fruit with a spoon!