People are attracted to kiwifruit because of its brilliant green colour and exotic taste. But, the real uniqueness of kiwi fruit comes from its health benefits. Don’t underestimate the kiwi fruit. It may be small in size but it packs a punch with its high-nutrient content helping it zoom up our list of superfoods. Here are 3 reasons why you should eat a kiwi every day.
So I was amazed to find out just how much fibre content, vitamins, antioxidants and more good stuff the tiny kiwi fruit contains. Did you know a single kiwi has twice as much vitamin C as a lemon? Seriously, the durian better watches its back, there’s a new contender for the “king of fruits” title in town.
Here are three reasons why you should eat a kiwi, like now (and one every day from now on) …
- A good source of fibre
Constipation begone! Studies published in The World Journal of Gastroenterology and Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition have shown that eating kiwis regularly helps to promote regular intestinal habits, with less abdominal distension. What this means is, not only will you have no issues with bowel movements, your tummy will also be flatter!
Eat 2 to 4 green kiwi fruits every day to reap full intestinal function benefits daily.
- A vitamin C superstar
Sorry oranges, the kiwi beats your hands down in the vitamin C department. Every 100g of orange fruit contains 53.4mg of vitamin C but 100g of Zespri Sungold kiwi fruit has a whopping 161.5mg vitamin C content, according to the USDA Nutrient Database. Although the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C is 80mg, the vitamin is water soluble and eating more than that is safe because your body will get rid of any excess. Vitamin C keeps your immune system running high and has anti ageing skin benefits too!
Eat 1 kiwi fruit daily to cover your daily vitamin C requirements.
- A low glycemic index
The Glycaemic Index (GI) indicates the amount of glucose released into the bloodstream during the digestion of carbohydrates. Foods with a GI of less than 55 are low GI foods meaning when you eat them, your blood sugar level won’t dip drastically, keeping after lunch sleepiness at bay. The average kiwi has a GI of less than 50, making it the perfect pre-workout snack. Eating one before your workout will help burn fat faster as less exercise is needed before your body taps into its own fat reserves to burn for energy!
Eat 1 kiwi 20 minutes before exercising to get most of your workout.
If these reasons don’t convince you to include kiwis in your diet because you get a “furry” feeling in your mouth when you eat the fruit, find out why now.