digestive health

― Kiwifruit: a healthier and happier gut

Green kiwifruit is rich in fibre and contains actinidin. This is a natural enzyme unique to kiwifruit that breaks down a wide range of food proteins faster than your digestive enzymes on their own. This faster and more complete protein digestion results in a reduced sensation of heaviness associated with protein-rich foods, which means no more bloated balloon bellies. It also makes protein easier to absorb by the muscles, which is good news for people who do sports.

Zespri Green kiwifruit is rich in fibre and moreover has unique properties due to its composition of insoluble and soluble fibre. Scientific research has shown that the soluble fibre has a high capacity for retaining water and thus creates larger and softer stools, facilitating intestinal transit through your digestive system. Insoluble fibre also enhances digestion by adding bulk to the stools, aiding movement through the digestive tract. 

The dynamic duo of actinidin and fibre have positive effects on our wellbeing.

Adding two green kiwifruit to your daily diet can help with your digestive wellbeing



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