The Kiwi (キウイ) with its sour touch and peculiar look has been conquering more and more foreign fans. In recent years consumption has increased by 50%.
One of the fruit’s main virtues is its high load of antioxidants, substances that fight damage and premature aging of cells, a phenomenon associated with a list of evils ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancer. And kiwi is a great source of Vitamin C, E, B6, niacin, potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphate and dietary fiber, has fat and no cholesterol content.
And it still has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer and laxative effects.
Studies show that kiwi fibers have a great capacity to retain water, helping the formation of fecal matter and balancing intestinal transit, so for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, a disorder marked by abdominal pain, diarrhea, the fruit should be included in your food.
The biggest Kiwi products in Japan are in Ehime Prefecture (25%), Fukuoka (16%), Wakayama (11%), Kanagawa (7%) and Shizuoka (7%).
In Japan, the kiwi harvest season is between October and November, but we find kiwi all year round in the Japanese supermarket, due to imports from other countries. Many products such as drinks, drinks, juices, yogurts, candies, ice cream, jams and much more are found here based on kiwi.
Types of Kiwi
Also called green kiwi, it is the classic type of fruit. Its pulp is greenish and its flavor is citrusy and, when not ripe, somewhat sour.
The gold kiwi is slightly more expensive than the green one and, as the name suggests, it has a yellowish pulp. Its taste is sweeter and its vitamin C content is higher.
- Antioxidant action, keeps the skin young and beautiful
- Prevents the appearance of wrinkles
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Helps maintain weight
- Helps in cancer prevention
- Helps prevent osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Helps in good mood and quick head
- Regulates the intestine, helps with digestion and constipation
- Prevents fluid retention
- Alleviates asthma and improves breathing
- Strengthens the immune system
- Strengthens eye health
- Improves bone health
- Have better sleep quality
- The combination of vitamins A and E can reduce the risk of cancer, coronary artery disease and help improve the immune system.
- It also has reasonable amounts of soluble fiber, which help lower blood cholesterol levels.
- And the mineral elements that make up Kiwi such as: calcium, magnesium, iron and especially potassium, help to balance blood pressure.
- Vitamin C increases the body’s defenses, protecting against colds and flu.
- Vitamin A and B6 are found in smaller amounts than the others, however, they act to reduce skin wrinkles.
Kiwi Properties (100 g)
- 51 calories
- 11.5g of carbs
- 1.3g of protein
- 0.6 g of fats
- 0.1 g of saturated fat
- 2.7 g of fiber
- 70.8mg of Vitamin C
- 269 mg of potassium
- 24 mg of calcium
- 33 mg of phosphorus
- 11 mg of magnesium
- 70.8mg of Vitamin C
- 40.3µg of vitamin K
- 2.2µg of vitamin A
- 0.3 mg of iron
Originating in China and now spread all over the world.
The fruit was baptized with the name of Kiwi for remembering a bird that is a national symbol of New Zealand, one of the main producing countries of the fruit.