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14 Healthy Reasons to Eat Kiwi

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Interesting Facts

  • Kiwi fruit was named after the New Zealand Kiwi bird – an unusual flightless bird- because they are both small, brown and furry.
  • Not all kiwi fruit is fuzzy! The most popular species of kiwifruit is appropriately called Fuzzy Kiwifruit, but there is also Golden Kiwi with a smooth bronze skin. The Golden Kiwi is actually sweeter and more aromatic in flavor
  • Although Kiwis have been native to China for centuries, practically no one in the North knew what they were 50 years ago.  They were first introduced to the U.S. in 1962. They caught on fast!
  • Although kiwifruit can grow in any temperate climate, most of the world’s kiwi are grown in Italy, New Zealand, and Chile. It is grown much like grapes.
  • YES, you can eat the fuzz if you want.

How to Use:

  • If a kiwi does not yield a bit to finger pressure, it can be ripened by storing it at room temperature away from the sun.
  • This ripening can be hastened by putting it in a paper bag with a banana, apple, or pear.
  • Once a kiwi fruit is ripe, keep away from other fruit (even in the refrigerator) since the kiwi is very sensitive to the ethylene gas given off by those other fruits and it will over ripen.
  • The actinidain in raw kiwi makes them unsuitable for desserts and other dishes that are not eaten right away because it can make the dish too mushy or stop it from setting. This applies to proteins but also to other fruits.

Cautions:

Kiwifruit contain a measurable amount of oxalates, a naturally occurring substance in many plants and animals. When oxalates become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems. People with kidney or gallbladder problems may therefore want to avoid eating kiwi.  There is a lot of controversy about the amounts needed to be significant, particularly from plants.

Kiwis also contain enzyme substances associated with the latex-fruit allergy syndrome. If you have a latex allergy, you may be allergic to kiwi also. Since ripening the fruit with ethylene gas increases these substances; organic kiwi not treated with gas will have fewer allergy-causing compounds. Cooking also deactivates the enzymes.

Kiwi Recipes:

Fruity Tooty Kiwi Smoothie Totally yummy!

Alkalizing Fruit Salad with kiwi

Immune Booster Fruit Salad with kiwi and other fortifying fruits

Super Green Kiwi Smoothie - highly alkaline

 

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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9:31AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Got it!

8:03PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Kiwi's awesome.

4:11AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I love kiwi, thank you for sharing Diana.

4:08AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I love kiwi, thank you for sharing Diana.

12:05PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

TY

11:38AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I love Kiwis... both the fruit and the animal. Of course I prefer to eat the kiwifruit and just pet the kiwi bird. ^_^ I love eating the whole kiwi fruit like a plum. As with Therese K., I always feel best after a kiwi a day too. I don't get the anxiety rashes/hives after a bad anxiety attack or high levels of stress. Then again I haven't had those bad social anxiety flare ups since I turned pescetarian/vegetarian/ insectivore. Anyways There has to be even more benefits from this fruit. I have remembered from other sites this fruit prevents bodily hair from being too thick and women who eat this fruit every so often have thinner or lesser bodily hair. Also kiwi helps to lower the percent amount of wrinkles.

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1:20PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Yum, thanks.

10:36AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

TY

10:20AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Love kiwi, thanks!

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