This week the 38 Power Foods blog group is taking a look at a small, but nutrition dense food. Kiwi fruit has only been in US markets since the early 1970’s. The fruit originated in China, where it is still the national fruit, and missionaries transported it to New Zealand at the beginning of the 20th century. From there the fruit was exported to California and other parts of the world. The fruit is named in English after a little round furry land ground bird, native to New Zealand, the kiwi.
There are so many reasons to make kiwi a part of your healthy diet. A serving of this fruit, two medium-sized peeled kiwis, have 18.24% of your daily fiber needs, nearly as much potassium as a banana, and about two and a half times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, which will strengthen your immune system and help to keep you looking young and lovely. And if this isn’t enough, it’s fat-free, and each piece of fruit has only about 45 calories! It’s also loaded with anti-oxidants, which you want to lower your risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
If your body ever experiences that “sluggish” feeling, constipation, to be blunt about it—try eating two kiwis upon rising and wait half hour before eating breakfast. Within a couple of days you should be back to normal. At the rate that people and doctors are learning about the food they eat, it’s conceivable that in the future we may be hearing statements from doctor’s like, “Eat two kiwis and call me in the morning.”
If you are a blogger and would like to take part in our group blogging about Power Foods: 150 Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients, (from the editors at Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine) we’d love to have your company. Contact: Mireya(at)myhealthyeatinghabits.com for details.
Check out what these other bloggers have cooked up! Alanna – Kitchen Parade Veggie Adventure – Alyce – More Time at the Table, Ansh – Spice Roots, Casey –SweetSav Jeanette – Jeanette’s Healthy Living, Martha – Simple-Nourished-Living, Minnie – The Lady 8 Home, Mireya – My Healthy Eating Habits