In todays age where we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of food to pick and choose, we become more and more educated of what is good for us and what is not.

Example, fast food is bad for our bodies. Fruites and vegetables are healthy and should be consumed on a regular basis.

 

I would like to point and highlight one fruit in particular- The Kiwi fruit.

I was never very fond of the this fruit until a couple of years ago, I found myself at a buffet where this fruit was offered with its skin on and thinly sliced.

I couldn’t get enough of it, the combination of sweetness and tartness from the skin made for a fantastic culinary sensation.

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I came home and did a bit of research about this fruit. Turns out this little sucker is super healthy for you.

Kiwi has the most concentrated percentile of ones %DV (daily value) in Vitamin C, roughly 120%DV.

8% of DV in dietary fiber, most of it from the skin.

6-7% of DV in potassium.

Apparently there is something called “phytonutrients” or “phytochemicals”. Reading on Wikipedia these are chemical compounds that occur in plants. They make up for those strong colors, suck the green in a Kiwi, or the purple of blueberries.

So these phytonutrients seem to have the potential to affect diseases such as cancer, stroke, or metabolic syndromes.

 

It seems researches have been fascinated with the Kiwi fruit because of its ability to protect DNA in the nucleus of human cells from oxygen related damages. It has an excellent resource of antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals similar to green tea. We don’t want free radicals roaming around in our bodies causing havoc!

 

Kiwi(83584)Credit: free-extras.comNow it also seems that eating lots of fruits, but Kiwi especially helps against Macular Degeneration. This is what happens to people who get older and begin loosing their eyesight. Wikipedia explains Macular Degeneration as such:” a medical condition which usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina.”

 

By eating foods which contain vitamins A, C, and E these symptoms can be reduced. Kiwi is not an all healing fruit, but it certainly has its benefits. Plus it tastes good.

 

So, eat more fruit People, and especially eat those Kiwis!