Kiwi Fruit

IMG_1577The KIWIFRUIT, also known as the Chinese Gooseberry, and named after a New Zealand bird that is small, brown and fuzzy, is one of my favourite fruits.  You will find it available in most grocery stores.  It’s nutritious and a beautiful work of art on the inside. It adds such flair to a big bowl of fruit salad.  Let me share with you, the many good reasons to add kiwi fruit to your grocery list on a regular basis.

Kiwi contains actinidain, which is an enzyme which can help digest food much the way the bromelian in pineapple aids in digestion.

Kiwi is high in potassium keeping our electrolytes in check.  The fruit is high in fiber, low glycemic.  The fiber helps to sweep out toxins.

Eating kiwi on a daily basis has been shown to keep blood pressure in line and prevent blood clotting.  Most people take daily aspirin for this reason.  I’d rather eat 2 kiwis a day then pop an aspirin.  How about you?

Kiwi has high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin both found in the human eye, showing positive prevention of macular degeneration.

If you are working towards a proper acid/alkaline balance in your body through diet then adding kiwi on a daily basis will definitely help.  Kiwi is very alkaline.  This is good.

Kiwi contains vitamin E which is helpful to keeping your skin youthful.

Kiwi is one of the foods in our world that is least affected by pesticide and fungicide spraying ranking in the top 10 safest foods in this regard.  That’s high on my list of criteria when choosing my foods.  I would still prefer organic.  Did you know you can eat the fuzzy brown skin…..of course only organic skin.

For those of us with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, eating two kiwis a day has been shown to significantly benefit bowel function.

Kiwi, eaten 2 hours before bedtime, has been shown to help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.  Isn’t that a benefit we like!

Kiwi is a very good immune booster.  The high Vitamin C level and other antioxidant properties help your immune system.  Eating kiwi fruit everyday helps keep viral illnesses such as colds and flu away.

One thing I must mention, if you have a latex allergy then you may be allergic to KIWIFRUIT.  In that case, approach with caution.

Kiwi is best eaten raw and in fruit salads.  It does not hold up to cooking so is not a good fruit for desserts such as pies or fruit crumbles.

So there you have it….the many reasons to add KIWIFRUIT to your grocery list.

 

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