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Benefits of Kiwi And Its Side Effects

Kiwi Nutritional Value of Kiwi Health Benefits of Kiwi Uses of Kiwi Side-Effects & Allergies of Kiwi Cultivation of Kiwi
Benefits of Kiwi And Its Side Effects

Kiwi is loaded with innumerable health benefits. The vibrant green coloured slices of the fruit is a wonder fruit. It helps in digestion, manage blood pressure, provides protection from DNA damage, boosts immunity strength, supports weight loss, improves digestive health , helps to clear out toxins, helps to battle against diseases, beneficial for diabetes patients, protects against macular degeneration, creates alkaline balance ,prevents constipation, reduction in formation of kidney stones, acts as sleep inducer, eliminates free radicals, helps in maintaining blood pressure, beneficial for pregnant woman.

Kiwi

Kiwi resembles a small furry egg. Though kiwi is plain in appearance but it has a brilliant emerald green colour flesh beneath its fuzzy brown surface with an exotic taste. The brilliant pale green flesh is speckled with a ring of tiny edible black seeds. It has a tangy (sweet and tart) flavour. It is a highly refreshing fruit. The most common type of kiwi in the markets is the green Hayward kiwi. Another is a golden kiwi. The gold kiwis have bronze skin and a pointed cap at one end. The flavour of green kiwi is sometimes described as a mixture of strawberry, banana and pineapple. The gold kiwi has yellow flesh which is less tart than green kiwi and has a tropical flavour.

Nutritional Value of Kiwi

Kiwis are a nutritional power house. This little fruit is an amazing powerfood. Kiwi fruit is a low calorie fruit. It has low fat content. A medium size kiwi fruit provides 42 calories and about 0.4 grams fat. It is a rich source of vitamins and dietary fiber. The Kiwifruit has a higher Vitamin C content per ounce than most other fruits. It contains Vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C , Vitamin K, Vitamin E , folates. The fruit contains copper, choline, magnesium , iron, manganese, chloride and phosphorus. It has a low to moderate glycemic index. It also contains carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

61 Calories
0.5 g Total Fat
3 mg Sodium
312 mg Potassium
15 g Total Carbohydrate
1.1 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

1 % Vitamin A
0.03 Calcium
1.54 Vitamin C
1 % Iron
5 % Vitamin B-6
4 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Kiwi

Health Benefits of Kiwi
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Kiwi

Improves heart health

The potassium content in kiwis supports heart health. Increase in potassium intake with simultaneous decrease in sodium helps to reduce cardiovascular disease. Potassium is known to aid in blood thinning and clot removal process. Kiwi has a polyphenol antioxidant known as quercetin which help to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Lowers blood pressure

Due to high potassium content, kiwifruits can help to reduce high blood pressure.

Helps to improve digestion

Helps to nourish digestive system by acting as a prebiotic element. Raw kiwi has a protein dissolving enzyme known as actinidain which help in digestion as the papain in papaya.

Provides protection against DNA damage

A study conducted by Collins, Horska ,Hotten depicted that this fruit has a very unique combination of antioxidants which helps to protect the cell DNA from oxidative damage. Flavenoids and phytonutrients in this excellent fruit are responsible for DNA protection.

Beneficial for weight loss

Kiwi has a low glycemic index and high fiber content which implies that it will prevent the body to respond by storing fat.

It helps to clear out toxins

The fiber content of the fruit helps to bind and move the toxins from our intestinal tract.

Helps to fight heart diseases

Consuming kiwis assists to reduce the potential of blood clotting and also reduce triglycerides by 15 percent as it contains anti-clotting benefits.

Provides a shield against Macular degeneration

Kiwi has a high level of lutein and zeaxanthin which are natural chemicals present in human eyes. As a consequence it provides protection against eye problems. Kiwi also contains Vitamin A which is beneficial for eye health.

It is known to create alkaline balance

Kiwi is known as the most alkaline fruit which implies that it has a rich supply of minerals which are able to replace the excess of acidic foods.

Helps to fight cancer

Kiwi is a rich source of Vitamin C that benefits us by scavenging the free radicals which damage our cells and can lead to skin cancer. It also prevents colon cancer. The flesh of this fruit contains soluble fiber which promote the growth of good bacteria in colon reducing colon cancer.

controlling diabetes

The glycemic index of kiwi is extremely low which prevents instant rise in blood sugar levels. Kiwi also contains inositol, which is an enzyme that helps to keep the blood sugar level in control.

For bone maintenance and repair

this fruit is high in Vitamin K and Calcium content which are essential for bone health. They also help to reduce bone injuries and fights against osteoporosis.

Uses of Kiwi

Kiwis can be used to prepare smoothies. It can be used as toppings on pavlovas. Kiwis work wonder for skin. Face mask can be prepared using kiwi which rejuvenates skin, fights acne, prevents sun damage, have anti-aging properties, promotes fairness, lighten dark circles, smoothes wrinkles. It also fights hairloss , prevents premature greying , promotes collagen growth on scalp if used as hair pack. Serves as a colourful garnish for a variety of dishes.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Kiwi

Though kiwi is known for its unique taste and is favourite with most of the people of all age group yet it can give rise to some side effects if taken in large quantities. Many people who have consumed kiwis in large quantities have reported cross-sensitization and different types of allergies. Kiwis can also lead to swelling. Too much of kiwi consumption can cause Anaphylaxis in human. Rash, asthma, hives and local mouth irritation have also been reported. Skin disorder such as dermatitis can also develop. Overeating of this fruits can cause acute pancreatitis. It can cause vomiting, nausea, and diarrhoea. As this fruit has anti-fungal properties , when taken with other anti-fungal medicines it can lead to addictive effects. It enhances the chances of bleeding if taken with certain specific drugs. Kiwi can also lead to synergistic effect on the levels of serotonin. Kiwi might slow down blood clotting process and make bleeding disorders worse. Kiwi is safe for pregnant and breast feeding women when taken in food amounts. The appropriate dosage of kiwi depends on the feeder’s age and health conditions. Yet there is no enough scientific information for determination of appropriate range of doses of kiwi.

Cultivation of Kiwi

Kiwi (which is a berry) is a tropical fruit produced by a deciduous, woody, twinning vine reaching thirty feet or nine meters. Native to China this fruit was originally known as Yang Tao. In 1960 they were renamed as Chinese Gooseberry. They were brought to New Zealand in the early Twenteith century where it was renamed as kiwi after their national bird kiwi. It is preferably grown in sites shielded from low winter and early spring. Soil must be well drained, fertile, moist , friable loamy soil. Soil pH should range between 5.0 to 6.5. The kiwi fruit grows naturally at all altitudes between 2000 -6500 feet.

Popular Questions & Answers

What are the benefits of kiwi fruit can take it regular on empty stomach or after meal.

MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, Diploma In Diet & Nutrition, MSc - Dietitics/Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
kiwi is rich of vitamin c, helps your in digestion, improves blood flow and gives you beautiful skin. one kiwi is sufficient in a day, before meal or in breakfast is fine.

Can you please suggest vitamin c supplement for 4 year old so ad to boost immunity against corona virus.

M.B.B.S
Pediatrician, Kannauj
For immunity improvement include dietary sources of vitamin-c like lemon, tomatoes,kiwi, guava they will provide adequate amount of vitc. Regular use of these citrus fruits is essential for immunity.

My 7 months old son doesn't like his formula, I have tried different brands no luck, he doesn't like solids either. What can I give to improve his appetite? Have tried all sorts of multivitamins no luck. Please help me.

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Give him homemade fruit juices like grind the apple papaya kiwi in mixer seprately add some sugar like less than half spoon or smash the boiled vegetables in a plate and give it to him he needs time to prepare for solid food till then acquire him ...

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