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30 Aug 2010 Nutritional benefits of kiwi fruit

Although it grows well in warm and gentle climates, kiwi, the fuzzy, green, exotic and tasty New Zealand fruit actually originated in China, where it was regarded as a delicacy and called the Chinese Gooseberry or Yang Tao.

The fruit itself was exported from China to New Zealand only relatively recently, at the turn of the 20th century, when a New Zealand native, Isabel Fraser, took kiwi seeds home with her from China and planted them in New Zealand.

After the fruit’s exportation, its name naturally then changed from Gooseberry to kiwi, after the national bird of New Zealand, the Kiwi. The fuzzy texture of the kiwi fruit is thought to resemble the national bird’s sparse coat of hair.

NUTRITIONAL COMPOSITION

The kiwi fruit is synonymous with summer and fruity cocktails and concoctions, and is nutritionally dense, packed with vitamin C. The green fruit as well as its black seeds contain protein, vitamins C and E, potassium, calcium, iron as well as soluble dietary fiber. Kiwi is also sodium-free, and is a dieter’s dream food, since it not only offer tons of vitamins and nutrients, but is tasty and nutritious.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Medical studies indicate that eating kiwi regularly not only supplies the body with vital vitamins and minerals, but can help prevent or treat various ailments.

SO WHY EAT KIWI?

*Eat kiwi to repair damanged DNA and reduce the likelihood of blood clots.

Studies from AUT Universitt in Auckland, New Zealand reported that cancer patients who ate two or three kiwi fruits a day kept spreading cancers in check, as the fruit played a significant role in repairing damaged DNA. The same clinical participants who consumed 2 to 3 kiwi fruits a day reported less incidences of blood clotting. Properties in kiwi protect DNA in the cell’s nucleus from oxygen-related damage. The possible link between kiwi and reduced incidences of heart disease and stroke is also currently being studied.

*Eat kiwi to help improve sleep and alleviate constipation.

Taiwan Medical University revealed that kiwi helps stimulate intestinal movement, thus relieving constipation. Likewise, the School of Nutrition and Health Science at Taipei Medical University also documented a noticeable increase in sleep quality, by as much as 40%, in participants who regularly ate two pieces of kiwi for five months before bedtime.

*Eat kiwi to lessen wheezing and asthmatic symptoms.

An Italian study that followed over 18,000 children