Green kiwifruit: making teens feel better from the inside out
For many teens, getting back into the swing of things after the long summer holiday break can be difficult. Several weeks of sleeping in late, eating whatever they feel like and spending all their spare time out with friends often leads to the abandonment of healthy routines and food choices.
However, it’s not all bad news! Back to school means it's a great opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to rev up good nutrition for the whole family.
Boasting one of the highest nutritional value of all common fruits as well as being a good source of fibre and vitamin C, Zespri Green kiwifruit are the perfect addition to a teen’s diet to help them get a big part of the vitamins and minerals they need for their active lifestyle.1
Four reasons teens should eat one Zespri Green kiwifruit every day
1. Bursting with vitamin C
To limit the missed days of school, boost your teen’s immunity by stocking up on vitamin C. This essential vitamin also helps to activate enzymes that increase iron absorption,2 especially important for teenage girls during menstruation. Zespri Green kiwifruit is a great source of vitamin C, with a significantly higher vitamin C content than oranges.1
2. Boosts sports recovery
For student athletes, it’s important to eat foods that not only provide energy to make it through practice but also help the body to recover and replenish afterwards. Zespri Green kiwifruit contains almost as much potassium as a banana,1 a crucial mineral that helps keep the body hydrated and helps maintain normal muscle function.
3. Rich in fibre
While a healthy bowel and an efficient digestive system may not be top of a teen’s list of priorities, it is critically important for growing bodies. Zespri Green kiwifruit are rich in fibre. In addition, they contain actinidin, a natural digestive enzyme unique to kiwifruit. This natural enzyme breaks down a wide range of food proteins faster than your digestive enzymes on their own.4
4. Delicious and nutritious!
Teenagers are notorious for their poor eating habits. They typically eat only what tastes good or what's easy to access when hunger strikes. Zespri Green kiwifruit are one of the most nutrient-dense fruits around, with a powerful combination of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.1 They are also teen-tastebud approved, so teens can pick up a delicious and nutritious snack on the go!
- New Zealand Ministry of Health. New Zealand FOODfiles 2014 Version 01.
- Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center. Vitamin C. Available at: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-C (accessed 6 September 2016).
- European Food Safety Authority. EFSA Journal 2010;8:1815.
- Kaur L, et al. Actinidin enhances protein digestion in the small intestine as assessed using in an in vitro digestion model. J Agric Food Chem. 2010;58:5068–73