Why is Zespri kiwifruit good for you?
If it tastes good, then it must be bad for you, right? Sadly, there are lots of tempting foods that taste great but do nothing for us nutritionally. Luckily, the kiwifruit is an exception. Not only is Zespri Green kiwifruit a refreshing and lovely thing to eat, but it’s also bursting with nutrients. Win-win! Keep reading to find out more…
Good for you every day1,2
Zespri Green kiwifruit is one of the most nutritious fruits around. Not only is it packed full of vitamins and minerals, but it’s also exceptionally high in vitamin C, fibre, and source of potassium and folate. This amazing combination of nutrients works within the body to provide significant health benefits. Click here to find out more.
Good for you and your tummy3-5
High fibre foods can help maintain good digestive health. Eat Zespri Green kiwifruit every day and experience the light feeling that goes with a smooth-running digestion. It also contains the natural substance actinidin, that breaks down a wide range of food proteins faster than your digestive enzymes on their own.
Zespri Green kiwifruit has more vitamin C than oranges / 100 g. To be exact, it contains a massive 85.1 mg of this defense-strengthening nutrient per 100 g (compared to the 53.2 mg found in oranges / 100 g)
Good for you and your weight
Strictly speaking there are no ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods when it comes to watching your weight – the key of course is in moderation and making sure that the calories you take in are balanced with the energy used up! But it certainly feels good to find out that a delicious snack can help you maintain your weight and deliver great nutrition at the same time. Zespri Green kiwifruit contains only 81 kcal per 100 g. An all-round better choice than a lot of other sweet treats.
Whether you’re a creative whizz in the kitchen or whether you prefer to stick to tried and tested favourites, the kiwifruit is a fantastically versatile ingredient to have to hand when cooking. If you want to add a zesty twist to a family favourite, then why not whip up a kiwifruit quiche for lunch? The crisp, tart flavour of the kiwifruit transforms a familiar dish into a surprising treat!
- USDA national nutrient database for standard reference (release 28) 2015. Available from: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/ (accessed 9 January 2017).
- New Zealand Ministry of Health. New Zealand FOODfiles 2014 Version 01. Available from: www.foodcomposition.co.nz/ (accessed 10 January 2017).
- Rush EC, Patel M, Plank LD, Ferguson LR: Kiwifruit promotes laxation in the elderly. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2002;11:164-168.
- Chan AO, Leung G, Tong T, Wong NY: Increasing dietary fiber intake in terms of kiwifruit improves constipation in chinese patients. World J Gastroenterol 2007;13:4771-4775.
- 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.