Kiwifruit or kiwi is a fuzzy fruit that is native to north central and eastern China. It was first exported to California under the names “Chinese gooseberry” and “melonette”. New Zealand growers called it “kiwifruit” to give it more market appeal in 1962. Kiwi is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other healthy nutrients. Following is a list of its health benefits.
Kiwi aids in weight management. A large kiwifruit is filled with fiber. Fiber can keep you full for long hours. Hence, one large kiwi can give you enough energy while you’re completing a lot of tasks in the office or at home. According to dietitians, a large kiwi is only 55 calories. This makes it a perfect snack for those who are trying to lose weight.
Kiwi regulates blood pressure. Kiwi is potassium-rich. Potassium helps lower blood pressure. If you have blood cholesterol problems, you can also munch on kiwi as it also contains pectin. Pectin is a soluble fiber that can keep blood cholesterol levels steady.
Kiwi prevents macular degeneration. Macular degeneration occurs when the small central portion of the retina – the macula – deteriorates. For a deteriorating macula to improve, huge amounts of lutein, zeaxanthin and antioxidants are needed. All these can be found in kiwifruit.
Kiwi protects against cancer. Kiwis contain phytochemicals that fight free radical damage. When not treated, the latter can lead to cancer. They also have vitamin E and vitamin C. Both help boost the immune system.