Kiwi – is a native to north China. This fruit was first cultivated in New Zealand at the very start of the 20th century. At that time it was called “Chinese Gooseberry”
Later on, in an attempt to avoid the high export duties that were charged on berries during that time, this fruit was renamed “Kiwi”. Another reason for the fruit getting this name is the fact that this fruit shares similar characteristics with New Zealand national bird – Kiwi. The fruit is small, brown and covered with light brown fur, which is similar to how the bird looks.
People are very often attracted to the kiwi fruit due to its brilliant green colour and a unique sour taste with a tinge of sweetness. No other fruit comes close to having this taste. However, not many people know that the kiwi fruit is abundant in vitamins and has multiple health benefits.
Enlisted below are some of the health benefits of the kiwi fruit.
- Aids in digestion of food
Due to the fact that raw kiwi is abundant in an enzyme called actinides, it aids in digestion of a meal. Actinidia is a protein dissolving enzyme.
- Aids in management of blood pressure
Kiwi is high in potassium content. This helps in counteracting the effects of sodium in our body and thus aids in controlling blood pressure.
- Boosts Immunity
Kiwi also has a high content of Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants. These help in boosting up the immune system.
- Helps in flushing out toxins from your body
Kiwi is covered by a fuzzy fiber. This helps in flushing out toxins from your intestinal tract.
- Protects your body from damage of DNA
Studies have shown that the unique combination of anti-oxidants, that are present in the kiwi fruit can aid in protecting the cell DNA from oxidative damage. This can help in preventing growth of cancerous cells.
There are many more benefits to eating kiwi, but aren’t the ones i listed enough to get serious about sinking your teeth into a kiwi everyday?