Kiwis are one of the tastiest tropical fruits around. They’re bright, bursting with flavor and they go great with just about anything.
They’re also extremely healthy. With dozens of health benefits to their name, kiwis are a powerhouse of nutrition, and they can help you lose weight, look great and feel great, too.
Sadly, kiwis are just not as popular as they should be. They get ousted by the apples, oranges, strawberries and blueberries of the world, and they just don’t get the love they deserve!
Today, I want to change all that. Let’s take an in-depth look at the amazing power of the kiwi – what it is, where it comes from and how it can benefit your body in some real, positive ways.
All About Kiwis
Kiwis are native to China (specifically, the Chang Kiang Valley area), and they’re the official fruit of the country. Centuries ago, they were known as “Chinese gooseberries,” but once they were discovered in New Zealand, they started being referred to as “kiwis,” after the NZ’s national bird.
Today, kiwis are grown all over the world, with the biggest producers in New Zealand, Italy and Chile. They’re typically in-season from June through October.
Benefits of Kiwis
You’d be amazed at the number of benefits a kiwi fruit can offer you. For one, they’re extremely great for your skin. This is mostly due to the high vitamin C content that kiwis contain. They also contain lots of antioxidants, which help eliminate toxins, decrease redness and give you glowing, healthy skin.
Kiwis can also help keep your skin moisturized, and it can boost its collagen production, with makes it young-looking, firm and wrinkle-free. If you’re having acne problems or seeing lots of oil, you can even use a mixture of kiwi pulp and lemon juice to put a stop to it.
Your skin isn’t the only thing kiwis can improve. They’re also great for hair, too. They contain crucial minerals like magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, which can boost blood circulation and improve hair growth. Their vitamin C and E content can also help fight off hair loss, and their high levels of omega-3s hydrate it and fight off dry, brittle hair.
Here are just a few of the other health benefits kiwis offer:
- Digestive balance – Kiwis act as a prebiotic, fueling your digestive system with the good bacteria it needs. This puts your digestive system in balance and allows you to better absorb nutrients from the foods you eat.
- Help with weight loss – Because they’re extremely low in calories, fat and carbs, kiwis are great for losing weight. They also contain a lot of fiber, which fills you up, keeps your digestive system regular and helps stave off cravings.
- Diabetes control – Kiwis are low on the glycemic index, making them the perfect addition to a diabetic’s daily diet. Many nutrition stores even offer kiwi supplements for this exact reason.
- Prevention of eye issues – Studies have linked kiwis to lower rates of macular degeneration in the eye. In fact, just three servings of the fruit a day can reduce a person’s risk by 36 percent! This is likely due to the high lutein content in each fruit.
- Prevent of heart disease – According to research, kiwis can actually reduce blood clotting and triglycerides significantly, both of which are linked to heart disease, stroke and other cardiac issues.
- Boost your immune system – Get sick a lot? Then you need to eat more kiwis. Thanks to their high levels of nutrients (particularly vitamin C), they can do wonders for improving your immune system.
On top of all this, kiwis are great at protecting your body from free radicals and cell damage – damage that can lead to all kinds of cancers and illnesses. So, while it might sound crazy, eating enough kiwis may be able to protect you from cancer!
Kiwis are extremely easy to work into your diet. They’re a very portable, quick and easy snack to take to work (just make sure to bring a spoon!), and they go great on many dishes. They’re particularly good with breakfast, served on oatmeal or yogurt, in a strawberry smoothie or just alongside some whole wheat toast or a boiled egg. Kiwis can even be made into a chutney or salsa, or as a cooling element in a spicy or hot dish.
Like I said before, you can find kiwi supplements in health food stores, but you’re going to get the best benefits from eating them in their raw, whole form. With supplements, you won’t get nearly the same amount of fiber content, and that fiber is crucial if you’re trying to lose weight.
Do you like kiwis? What are your favorite ways to eat them? Share your healthy recipes and ideas in the comments!
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