Whether it’s for fitness or for everyday life, the king of fruits, superfoods, and other terms and lists are often seen, but most of these foods are overrated and you can’t meet your daily nutritional needs with just any one food. However, there are some foods that deserve a special recommendation for their nutritional value, and kiwifruit is one of those “golden fruits” that is so underrated that it is one of the few fruits that I actually enjoy eating.
The extent to which a fruit is popular depends not only on its nutritional value, but also on the overall marketing strategy, and kiwifruit does not get enough attention because it does not have enough power behind it.
A little history of the kiwi
The reason why kiwifruit is called kiwifruit is indeed somewhat related to kiwifruit…. The “Compendium of Materia Medica” records the origin of the name kiwi: “Its shape is like a pear, its color is like a peach, and the macaque likes to eat, so there are all the names”. The imported kiwi fruit and the kiwi are actually from the same family, and the name kiwi is based on the transliteration of the English name kiwifruit. Only then was the name changed to kiwifruit (named after New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi).
Kiwi fruit is much more expensive than domestic kiwifruit, mainly because of its higher production and transportation costs and better average fruit quality.
According to a survey, among the top 26 most consumed fruits in the world, kiwifruit has the most comprehensive nutrient content overall. In the 2016 edition of the New Zealand Kiwi Nutritional Assessment and Certification Report, it was stated that for the same weight, kiwi fruit is eight times more dense than apples, and the most significant point is its high vitamin C content. Still, it can be very easy to meet the goal.
Furthermore, studies have shown that a daily intake of foods high in vitamin C, such as kiwifruit, helps young people relieve stress and improve their mood.
In addition to vitamin C, kiwifruit also has an impressive total vitamin content, typically 100-200 mg per 100 grams, with higher varieties reaching 400 mg, which is higher than common bananas, apples, oranges, tangerines and strawberries.
Kiwifruit is high in potassium and low in sodium, which helps us to maintain a good balance between potassium and sodium.
The dietary fiber content of kiwifruit is also very high, and together with the kiwifruit hormone, pectinase and hydrolytic protease, this helps to promote peristalsis and improve digestion, especially for fitness enthusiasts who have a high daily protein intake, which helps to digest and absorb protein better and also increases satiety.
Relieves fatigue Improves sleep
And because kiwifruit contains high levels of serotonin, a vasoconstrictor with sedative effects, this can help to relieve stress and fatigue to some extent, and studies have shown that daily intake of kiwifruit can help adults with sleep problems to improve the length and quality of their sleep.
Other Nutritional Values
According to a USDA study, kiwifruit also has a much stronger overall antioxidant index than everyday fruits like apples, pears, watermelon, and citrus.
In addition to the above, kiwifruit has a very good content of calcium (17 times more than apples and 4 times more than bananas), folic acid, copper, iron and amino acids, which compares very favorably with most other fruits, which are often rich in only a few nutrients.
And with such a rich nutritional profile, the low sugar content and lack of fat means that the kiwifruit has only about 50 calories per 100 grams, making it an almost flawless fruit for fitness professionals who need to be careful with their calorie intake.
The peel is also high in cellulose, so if you can’t tolerate the lint on the surface, you can scrape it off with a spoon while you wash it, and you’ll be fine.