I love kiwis – it’s really one of my favorite fruits for two reasons:
- It’s easy to eat (unlike melon and pinaplle which you need to cut etc)
- It tastes freakin awesome 🙂
I always thought Kiwis came from New Zeeland but I read on Livestong that the Chinese ate them a long time ago (and called them “yang tao”). In the 20th century, missionaries carried the fruit to New Zealand and things took off from there. In the 1960s , the kiwi was exported to the United States. The fruit is named after a kiwi, a small, brown fuzzy bird native to New Zealand. I found a picture …
Anyway enough of the history lesson!
Kiwi Health Benefits
The kiwifruit is low in calories like many fruits, but it’s also packed full of nutrients and is a rich source of antioxidants and enzymes. Kiwifruit ranks near the top when it comes to nutrition density, meaning that you get more vitamins and minerals per calorie, than most other fruits!
If vitamins is what you’re after, kiwis have plenty of that …
A kiwi gives you almost 10% of the RDA for folic acid, 230% of the RDA for Vitamin C, 10% RDA for Vitamin E. On top of that the fibre content is pretty high as well. In fact, Kiwis are a great relieve to a bloated feeling. Part of that is due to the fiber helping to bind and move toxins from your intestinal tract.
So needless to say, kiwifruit isn’t just a healthy fruit but it is a true superfruit!
But, is a kiwi alkaline?
Much like lemons, kiwis are highly acidic. However, in the body, a kiwifruit is alkaline-forming. In fact, it’s right up there with lemons, avocados and melons, as one of the top alkaline fruits.
So kiwis are very alkaline – and are a great snack for anyone following an alkaline lifestyle.
As a side note, just like all other fruit, kiwifruit is more alkalizing when it is ripe – so try eating it just before it spoils. The same applies to picking organic kiwis – they tend to be more alkaline and may have less chemicals. I did read somewhere that the kiwifruit tens to be safe from a lot of pesticide residues – so while organic is still important, it appears slightly less relevant here.
Great alkaline idea
Add a kiwi to an alkaline smoothie (there’s a ton on this website if you need any ideas). It will not only boost the alkaline levels of the smoothie, but it tastes absolutely delicious!
Now go get yourself a kiwi to eat for a quick alkaline boost, but not before you like this post and share it on Facebook for your friends to see! Also, feel free to leave a comment here and let me know your favorite thing about kiwis …